Ralph Brownrigg

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Bishop Brownrig.

Ralph Brownrigg or Brownrig (1592–1659) was bishop of Exeter from 1642 to 1659. He spent that time largely in exile from his see, which he perhaps never visited.[1] He did find a position there for Seth Ward.[2] He was both a Royalist in politics, and a Calvinist in religion,[3] an unusual combination of the period. Brownrigg opposed Laudianism in Cambridge during the 1630s and at the Short Parliament Convocation of 1640. Nominated to the Westminster Assembly,[4] he apparently took no part in it.


He studied at Ipswich, and Pembroke Hall, Cambridge.[5] He was awarded an M.A. in 1614 and a D.D. in 1626.[6] He was Rector of St Margaret of Antioch, Barley, in Hertfordshire, in 1621.[7]

He was Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge,[8] and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, but in 1646 was ejected from both these positions, by the Parliamentary government.[9]

He took refuge with Thomas Rich, lord of the manor of Sonning.[10]


He continued to preach, for example at the Temple Church,[3] and a collection of sermons of his was published posthumously.[11]


  1. Ralph Brownrigg
  2. The Galileo Project
  3. 3.0 3.1 ...a conforming Puritan in close theological agreement with the now dominant faction, [1].
  4. History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines
  5. "Brownrigg, Ralph (BRWG607R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  7. St Margaret of Antioch, Barley « United Benefice of Barkway, Buckland and Reed with Barley
  8. From 1631
  9. PDF, p. 159.
  10. Parishes - Sonning with Earley, Woodley and Sandford | British History Online
  11. andreweslehmberg at the Wayback Machine (archived October 27, 2009)

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard Sibbes
Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
William Spurstow
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Joseph Hall
Bishop of Exeter
Succeeded by
John Gauden