John White (bishop)

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John White
Bishop of Winchester
ChurchRoman Catholic
Appointed6 July 1556
Term ended1559
PredecessorStephen Gardiner
SuccessorRobert Horne
Ordination1 April 1554
by Edmund Bonner
Personal details
Farnham, Hampshire, England
Died1560 (aged 49–50)
Previous postBishop of Lincoln (1554–1556)

John White (1510 – 12 January 1560) was an English bishop, a Roman Catholic who was promoted in the reign of Mary Tudor.


He was born in Farnham in Surrey, the son of Katherine née Wells and Robert White, a merchant of Farnham. His older brother was Sir John White (c.1500–1573), Lord Mayor of London 1563/4.

He was 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,[2] and wrote verses on the marriage to Philip II of Spain.[3] 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.[4]


  1. ^ a b[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Kirby, Thomas Frederick (1888). Winchester scholars. A list of the wardens, fellows, and scholars of Saint Mary college of Winchester, near Winchester, commonly called Winchester college. London: H. Frowde.
  3. ^[unreliable source]
  4. ^ "Notes to the diary: 1560 | British History Online". Retrieved 2019-11-12.

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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