John Bancroft (bishop)

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John Bancroft (1574–1640)[1] was a Bishop of Oxford and a University of Oxford administrator. He was Master of University College, Oxford.[2][3]

John Bancroft was the nephew of Richard Bancroft (1544–1610), Archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor of Oxford University. He was a student at Christ Church, Oxford. Bancroft was elected Master of University College unanimously in March 1610 due to his uncle's influence.

In 1632, he relinquished his position of the Master of University College and became Bishop of Oxford. As Bishop of Oxford, he erected Cuddesdon Palace, an episcopal palace.


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  2. Carr, William, College, Routledge, 1998. ISBN 978-0-415-18632-2. Chapter VI, The Seventeenth Century to the Restoration, 1660 (page 98).
  3. Darwall-Smith, Robin, A History of University College, Oxford. Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-928429-0.
Academic offices
Preceded by
George Abbot
Master of University College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Thomas Walker
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Corbet
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Robert Skinner