Roger de Clinton

Roger de Clinton (died 1148) was a medieval Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield. He was responsible for organising a new grid street plan for the town of Lichfield in the 12th century which survives to this day.

Roger de Clinton
Bishop of Coventry
AppointedOctober 1129
Term ended16 April 1148
PredecessorRobert Peche
SuccessorWalter Durdent
Other post(s)Archdeacon, either of Buckingham or Lincoln
Consecration22 December 1129
Personal details
Died16 April 1148


Clinton was the nephew of Geoffrey de Clinton, an advisor to King Henry I of England.[1]

Clinton had been an archdeacon before his elevation to the episcopate,[2] either of Buckingham (1119–1129)[1] or of Lincoln (c.1129).[3] Geoffrey de Clinton was said to have promised King Henry three thousand marks if the king would appoint Roger a bishop.[1][4] Roger was nominated in October 1129, and consecrated on 22 December 1129.[5] Roger was part of the deputation to the papal curia in 1139 that defended King Stephen of England against the charge of breaking his oath to the Empress Matilda.[1] Another member of the delegation included Arnulf of Lisieux, who was an archdeacon at the time, but who presented the case.[6] Roger also attended the Second Lateran Council in 1139.[7] The Gesta Stephani claimed that Roger was heavily involved in military affairs during the reign of King Stephen.[1]

Clinton died on 16 April 1148.[5] Clinton was responsible for establishing Buildwas Abbey,[8] a Cistercian house in Shropshire in 1135.


  1. ^ a b c d e Barlow English Church p. 87
  2. ^ Cantor Church Kingship and Lay Investiture p. 292 footnote 115
  3. ^ Bartlett England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings p. 400
  4. ^ Chibnall Anglo-Norman England p. 80
  5. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 253
  6. ^ Schriber Dilemma of Arnulf of Lisieux p. 16
  7. ^ Barlow English Church p. 112
  8. ^ Burton Monastic and Religious Orders p. 229


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  • Schriber, Carolyn Poling (1990). The Delimma of Arnulf of Lisieux: New Ideas versus Old Ideals. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-35097-2.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Robert Peche
Bishop of Coventry
Succeeded by
Walter Durdent