William Booth (bishop)

William Booth or Bothe (c. 1388–1464) was Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield from 1447 before becoming Archbishop of York in 1452 until his death in 1464.[1]

William Booth
Archbishop of York
Appointed21 July 1452
Term ended12 September 1464
PredecessorJohn Kemp
SuccessorGeorge Neville
Consecration9 July 1447
Personal details
Bornc. 1388
Barton, Eccles, Lancashire
Died12 September 1464
Bishopthorpe Palace, York
BuriedSouthwell Minster, Nottinghamshire


Prior to his election as Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, Booth had served as Rector of Prescot, Lancashire from 1441. He was provided to the see of Coventry and Lichfield on 26 April 1447 and consecrated on 9 July 1447.[2]

Booth was translated to the archdiocese of York on 21 July 1452.[3] In the late summer of 1463, allied with the Neville brothers Richard, Earl of Warwick and John, Marquess of Montagu, Archbishop Booth led an army in the north of England which repelled an attempted invasion by the Scots and former King Henry VI with Margaret of Anjou.[4]

Booth died the following year, on 12 September 1464,[3] at Bishopthorpe Palace and is buried in a family vault at Southwell Minster.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Church and Society in the Medieval North of England, Prof. R.B. Dobson (1996)
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 254
  3. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 282
  4. ^ Ross Edward IV p. 54.


  • 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.
  • Ross, Charles (1974). Edward IV. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-02781-7.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Heyworth
Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield
Succeeded by
Nicholas Close
Preceded by
John Kemp
Archbishop of York
Succeeded by
George Neville