Walter Blandford

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Walter Blandford (1616 in Melbury Abbas, Dorset, England – 1675) was an English academic and bishop.


A Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford at the time of the Parliamentary visitation of 1648, he compromised sufficiently to retain his position, and was appointed chaplain to John Lovelace, 2nd Baron Lovelace.[1] Later he succeeded John Wilkins as Warden of Wadham College from 1659 to 1665.[2] He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1662,[3] and succeeded in establishing a degree of calm after the turbulence that had accompanied the Restoration of 1660.[4]

He became Bishop of Oxford in November 1665 (his appointment being the first announcement in the first edition of the Oxford Gazette, later the London Gazette),[5] and Bishop of Worcester in 1671. He was also appointed Dean of the Chapel Royal in 1669, serving until 1675.

He also had a distinguished series of positions as chaplain, first with John Lord Lovelace. He served as chaplain to Sir Edward Hyde, later the Earl of Clarendon and highly influential statesman. He was also one of the bishops brought into the household of Hyde's daughter, Anne, Duchess of York. Following in this position George Morley, Blandford had no more success than others in heading off the Duchess’s ultimate conversion to Catholicism.[4][6]


  1. Cooper 1886.
  2. Wardens of Wadham, Wadham College, Oxford, UK.
  3. "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 29, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 James William Johnson, A Profane Wit: The Life of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (2004), note 4 p. 364, note 30 p. 390.
  5. The Oxford Gazette: no. 1. p. 1. 7 November 1665. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  6. J. R. Henslowe, Anne Hyde, Duchess of York (1915?), p. 293; online text.

 Cooper, Thompson (1886). [ "Blandford, Walter" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 201.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


Academic offices
Preceded by
John Wilkins
Warden of Wadham College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Gilbert Ironside
Preceded by
Richard Baylie
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Succeeded by
Robert Say
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Paul
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Crew
Preceded by
Robert Skinner
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
James Fleetwood