William Ayscough

William Ayscough or Aiscough (c. 1395 – 29 June 1450) was a medieval English cleric who served as Bishop of Salisbury from 1438 until his death.[1]

William Ayscough
Bishop of Salisbury
Appointed11 February 1438
Term ended29 June 1450
PredecessorRobert Neville
SuccessorRichard Beauchamp
Consecration20 July 1438
Personal details
Died29 June 1450
DenominationRoman Catholic

Ayscough was nominated on 11 February 1438 and consecrated on 20 July 1438.[2] He was a royal confessor and a regular member of the royal council.[3]

Ayscough was murdered at Edington, Wiltshire, on 29 June 1450 by an angry mob during Jack Cade's Rebellion. He was present at the marriage of Henry VI and his wife, Margaret of Anjou, who were very unpopular at the time.[4]


  1. ^ Kekewich, Margaret L. (2004). "Aiscough [Ayscough], William (c. 1395–1450)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online) (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/954. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 271
  3. ^ Wilson, Derek. (1973). A Tudor tapestry : men, women and society in Reformation England. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press. p. 7. ISBN 0-8229-3242-3.
  4. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. XXVI (1846), pp. 257-258 via Hathi Trust Digital Library


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by