Robert Skinner

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Robert Skinner (1591 – 1670) was an English bishop.


He was a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford in 1613, and graduated M.A. in 1614.[1]

His father Edmund Skinner was rector of Pitsford, and Robert succeeded him in 1628.[2] He was vicar of Launton from 1632.[3]

In 1634, Oxford University granted him a D.D. at the request of William Laud, without the formalities, a move criticized by John Prideaux.[4] In the 1630s Skinner was known for his sermons before Charles I asserting Arminian doctrines.[5] He became bishop of Bristol in 1636. There he was active in preaching against Calvinism.[6]

In 1641, he was translated to become Bishop of Oxford, but was imprisoned shortly afterwards with the fall of Archbishop Laud, in the round-up of Laudian bishops who were taken to the Tower of London. Released on bail he resided at Launton, and under the Commonwealth he continued to ordain priests there, using Ralph Bathurst as a deputy.[7][8]

In 1663 he was made bishop of Worcester.


  1. Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  2. "Parishes: Pitsford | British History Online". 1910-01-26. Retrieved 2016-03-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Parishes: Launton | British History Online". Retrieved 2016-03-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Kenneth Fincham, Early Stuart Polity, p. 210 in Trevor Henry Aston, Nicholas Tyacke (editors), The History of the University of Oxford: Volume IV: Seventeenth-Century Oxford (1984).
  5. Kenneth Fincham, The Early Stuart Church, 1603-1642, p. 40.
  6. Kenneth Fincham, The Early Stuart Church, 1603-1642, pp.81-2.
  7. Roger Kenneth French, Andrew Wear (editors), The Medical Revolution of the Seventeenth Century (1989), p. 32.
  8. Archived from the original on April 10, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2009. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Peter Lake, Joseph Hall, Robert Skinner, and the Rhetoric of Moderation at the Early Stuart Court in Lori Anne Ferrell, Peter E. McCullough (editors), The English sermon revised: religion, literature and history, 1600–1750 (2001), pp. 167–185.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Coke
Bishop of Bristol
Succeeded by
Thomas Westfield
Preceded by
John Bancroft
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
William Paul
Preceded by
John Earle
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
Walter Blandford