John White (bishop)

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John White (1510–1560) was an English bishop, a Roman Catholic who was promoted in the reign of Mary Tudor.


He was born in Farnham, Hampshire and educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1529, M.A. in 1534, and D.D. in 1555.[1]

He was Warden of Winchester College from 1541, and wrote verses on the marriage to Philip II of Spain.[2] He was Archdeacon of Taunton from 1551 to 1554 after which he was Bishop of Lincoln from 1554 to 1556. He was then Bishop of Winchester from 1556, but was deprived of his see in 1559 on the accession of Elizabeth I, and imprisoned. There is a memorial to him in Winchester College Chapel.[1]

He was brother to Sir John White, alderman and MP.[3]


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Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Taylor
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Thomas Watson
Preceded by
Stephen Gardiner
Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
Robert Horne