Henry Ferne

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Henry Ferne (1602 – 16 March 1662) was an English bishop.


Ferne was born in York. He was admitted to St Mary Hall, Oxford, in 1618, and to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1620.[1] He graduated B.A. in 1623 and was elected fellow in 1624.[1] He was awarded a D.D. at Cambridge in 1642.[2] He became Chaplain Extraordinary to Charles I; Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1660 to 1662; Dean of Ely, about 1662; Bishop of Chester, February 1662, and died in Chester five weeks after his consecration, on 16 March.


He wrote many controversial pamphlets and was one of those who attacked James Harrington's book The Commonwealth of Oceana (1656).


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  2. Concise Dictionary of National Biography
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Brian Walton
Bishop of Chester
Succeeded by
George Hall
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Wilkins
Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
John Pearson