William Dudley (bishop)

William Dudley (died 1483) was Dean of Windsor and then Bishop of Durham.

William Dudley
Bishop of Durham
Appointed31 July 1476
Term ended29 November 1483
PredecessorLaurence Booth
SuccessorJohn Sherwood
Consecrationbetween 1 September and 12 October 1476
Personal details
Died29 November 1483

Born William Sutton, of Dudley, he was a younger son of John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley.[1] He was made a canon of St George's Chapel, Windsor and Dean of the Chapel Royal in 1471 and elevated to Dean of Windsor in 1473, a position which he held with that of Dean of Wolverhampton: thereafter the two posts were customarily held by the same man.

Dudley was nominated to Durham on 31 July 1476 and was consecrated between 1 September and 12 October 1476. In 1483 he supported Richard, Duke of Gloucester, the future King Richard III, in his bid for the Throne of England.[2] In the last months of his life he was Chancellor of Oxford University.[1] Dudley died on 29 November 1483.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b Loades p. 1
  2. ^ Ross p. 43
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. p. 242
  4. ^ Pollard, A. J. "Dudley, William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/8163. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)


  • 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.
  • Loades, David (1996): John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland 1504–1553, Oxford: Clarendon Press, ISBN 0-19-820193-1
  • Ross, Charles (1981): Richard III, Berkeley: University of California Press, ISBN 978-0-520-05075-4
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Durham
Succeeded by
Academic offices
Preceded by Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Succeeded by