John Longland

John Longland (1473 – 7 May 1547) was the English Dean of Salisbury from 1514 to 1521 and Bishop of Lincoln from 1521 to his death in 1547.

The Right Reverend

John Longland
Bishop of Lincoln
ChurchRoman Catholic/Church of England
Appointed20 March 1521
In office1521-1547
PredecessorWilliam Atwater
SuccessorHenry Holbeach
Consecration5 May 1521
by William Warham
Personal details
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Died7 May 1547
Wooburn, Buckinghamshire, England
BuriedEton College
ParentsThomas Longland & Isabel Staveley


He was made a Demy at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1491 and became a Fellow. He was King Henry VIII's confessor[1] and was said to have been one of those who first persuaded the King that he should annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.[2]

Arms of Bishop John Longland, Lincoln Cathedral

In 1519 he was appointed Canon of the sixth stall at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, a position he held until 1520. He was also Lord Almoner from c.1521.[3] He was consecrated a bishop on 5 May 1521, by William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester; Nicholas West, Bishop of Ely; and John Vesey, Bishop of Exeter.[4]

During the English Reformation, he was among the conservative bishops, recognizing Transubstantiation. His conservatism is attested to by his complaint in 1536 to Thomas Cromwell about Protestant preachers in his diocese.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Fideler, P.A.; Mayer, T.F. (1992). Political Thought and the Tudor Commonwealth. Routledge. p. 98. ISBN 0-415-06672-7.
  2. ^ Spanish Chronicle, p. 5.
  3. ^ Athenæ Oxonienses - an Exact History of All the Writers and Bishops ..., Volume 1. p. 58.
  4. ^ Perceval, Arthur Philip. An Apology for the Doctrine of Apostolical Succession: With an Appendix, on the English Orders. second edition (London: Rivington, 1841) p. 188.
  5. ^ Eamon Duffy, The Stripping of the Altars (Yale University Press, 2005), p. 388.
Religious titles
Preceded by Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Academic offices
Preceded by Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Succeeded by