John Howson

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The Right Reverend
John Howson
Bishop of Durham
John Howson, engraving by Martin Droeshout
Diocese Diocese of Durham
In office September 1628 (translated)–1632 (death)
Predecessor George Montaigne
Successor Thomas Morton
Other posts Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1602)[1]
Bishop of Oxford (1619–1628)
Lord Lieutenant of Durham (1628–1632)
Personal details
Born c. 1557
Farringdon Without, City of London, England
Died 6 February 1632(1632-02-06)
Buried St Paul's Cathedral[1]
Nationality English
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Elizabeth Floyd (married 10 August 1601 at Black Bourton)[1]
Children at least one, Anne Farnaby
Profession preacher
Education St Paul's School, London
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

John Howson (c. 1557 – 6 February 1632) was an English academic and bishop.


He was born in the London parish of St Bride's Church, and educated at St Paul's School.[1]

He was a student and then a canon of Christ Church, Oxford, and Vice-Chancellor in 1602. James I of England appointed him to Chelsea College.[2] He became rector of Brightwell Baldwin in 1608.[3]

Conflicts in Oxford with Calvinist clergy led to his being accused in 1615 before the King of popery, by George Abbot, the Archbishop of Canterbury. He was able to convince the King that the charges were misplaced, and began to rise in the hierarchy, where he was an influence on the Arminian side.[4] He was Bishop of Oxford from 1619, and Bishop of Durham from 1628.

He was buried in St Paul's Cathedral in London, but the grave and monument were destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. His name appears on a modern monument in the crypt, listing important graves lost in the fire.


His daughter Anne married Thomas Farnaby.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5  [ "Howson, John (1557?-1632)" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Anthony Milton, Catholic and Reformed: The Roman and Protestant Churches in English Protestant Thought, 1600-1640 (2002), p. 57.
  4. Kenneth Fincham, Nicholas Tyacke, Altars Restored: The Changing Face of English Religious Worship, 1547-c.1700 (2007), p. 125.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Bridges
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Richard Corbet
Preceded by
George Montaigne
Bishop of Durham
Succeeded by
Thomas Morton
Political offices
Title last held by
Richard Neile
Lord Lieutenant of Durham
Succeeded by
Thomas Morton