John Randolph (bishop of London)

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John Randolph (6 July 1749 – 28 July 1813) was a British scholar, teacher, and cleric who rose to become Bishop of London.

John Randolph
Bishop of London
John Randolph Bishop of London 1811 by William Owen.jpg
Portrait of John Randolph (1811) by William Owen
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of London
Term ended1813 (death)
PredecessorBeilby Porteus
SuccessorWilliam Howley
Other postsBishop of Bangor
Bishop of Oxford
Regius Professor of Divinity
Regius Professor of Greek
Oxford Professor of Poetry
Consecrationc. 1799
Personal details
Born(1749-07-06)6 July 1749
Much Hadham, Hertfordshire
Died28 July 1813(1813-07-28) (aged 64)
BuriedAll Saints Church, Fulham
ResidenceFulham Palace, London
ParentsThomas Randolph
SpouseJane Lambard (m. 1785)
ProfessionScholar & teacher
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

Early life and academic careerEdit

He was born in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, the son of Thomas Randolph, President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. He was awarded BA in 1771, MA in 1774 and BD in 1782.

He was associated with Oxford University as a resident and instructor from 1779 to 1783. In 1776 he was made Professor of Poetry, in 1782 Regius Professor of Greek and in 1783 Regius Professor of Divinity.

Episcopal careerEdit

In 1799, Randolph was named the Bishop of Oxford, and in 1807 was translated to the see of the Bishop of Bangor. He retained the post of Regius professor until his move to Bangor. Randolph was not particularly liberal. In debating the expansion of free schools, he noted that educating the poor would "...puff up their tender minds or entice them into a way of life of no benefit to the publick and ensnaring to themselves."

On 12 June 1809, he was made the Bishop of London, and ex officio a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. In December 1811, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[1]

He died in office in 1813 and was buried in Fulham churchyard. He had married Jane, daughter of Thomas Lambard of Sevenoaks, Kent in 1785.


  1. ^ "Library and Archive catalogue". The Royal Society. Retrieved 5 October 2010.[permanent dead link]

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Wheeler
Regius Professor of Divinity
Succeeded by
Charles Henry Hall
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edward Smallwell
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Charles Moss
Preceded by
William Cleaver
Bishop of Bangor
Succeeded by
Henry Majendie
Preceded by
Beilby Porteus
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
William Howley