John Hotham (bishop)

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John Hotham
Bishop of Ely
Memorial to Bishop Hotham in Ely Cathedral.jpg
Memorial to Bishop Hotham in Ely Cathedral
Church Catholic
Elected about 20 June 1316
Term ended about 14 January 1337
Predecessor John Ketton
Successor Simon Montacute
Consecration 3 October 1316
Personal details
Died about 14 January 1337
Buried Ely Cathedral

John Hotham (died 1337) was a medieval Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord High Treasurer, Lord Chancellor and Bishop of Ely.

Hotham was the son of Alan and Matilda Hotham of Hotham and nephew of William Hotham, Archbishop of Dublin. His early career was in Ireland, where he became Chancellor of the Exchequer of Ireland until 1310. He was then appointed, on 13 December 1312, Chancellor of the Exchequer in England, a post he held until June 1316.

Hotham was elected to Ely about 20 June 1316 and consecrated on 3 October 1316.[1] Later that year he went to meet the pope in Avignon with the earl of Pembroke, partly to plead the case for the promotion of Alexander Bicknor as Archbishop of Dublin. After returning from Avignon,[citation needed] he was appointed Lord High Treasurer of England on 27 May 1317 but left that office in June 1318.[2] when he was promoted as Lord Chancellor of England on 11 June 1318, an office he held until 26 January 1320.[3]

Although close to the King Edward II, Hotham switched allegiance to Queen Isabella when she successfully invaded to depose the king in September 1326. He was consequently appointed chancellor for the second time by her on behalf of the young Edward III on 28 January 1327. He retired from government in 1328.

Hotham died about 14 January 1337[1] after two years of paralysis and was buried in Ely Cathedral.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 244
  2. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 104
  3. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 86


  • Buck, M.C. "Hotham, John (d. 1337), administrator and bishop of Ely". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/13851.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (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, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Norwich
Lord High Treasurer
Succeeded by
John Walwayn
Preceded by
John Sandale
Lord Chancellor
Succeeded by
John Salmon
Preceded by
Robert Baldock
Lord Chancellor
Succeeded by
Henry Burghersh
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Ketton
Bishop of Ely
Succeeded by
Simon Montacute