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The Bishop of Marlborough was an episcopal title used by a Church of England suffragan bishop, firstly in the 16th century for the Diocese of Salisbury, and secondly in the late 19th and early 20th century for the Diocese of London.[1][2]

The title takes its name after the town of Marlborough in Wiltshire and was first created under the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534. After the death of the first bishop, the title fell into abeyance until it was revived in 1888, at the suggestion of the then Bishop of London,[3] to assist in the running of the rapidly expanding Diocese of London.[4]

List of the Bishops of Marlborough

No. Incumbent From Until Notes
1 Thomas Morley 1537 ? 1561 Formerly Abbot of Stanley;[5][6] consecrated on 4 November 1537; possibly died in 1561;[7] also recorded as Thomas Calne and Thomas Bickley.
2 Thomas Lancaster [8] dates unknown Formerly Bishop of Kildare; acted as suffragan bishop of Marlborough in the 1560s; later became Archbishop of Armagh in 1568
in abeyance unknown 1888
3 Alfred Earle [9] 1888 1918 He was simultaneously Rector of St Botolph's, Bishopsgate;[10] he kept the bishop title after he was appointed Dean of Exeter in 1900.[11]
in abeyance 1919 present


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing. p. 947. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ National archive data
  3. ^ "It was Bishop Temple who obtained the Suffragan for West London, bringing up his old friend Archdeacon Earle from Devonshire, with the titular designation of Bishop of Marlborough" Papers pertaining to the Archdeacons of London
  4. ^ Materials within The National Archive
  5. ^ The Abbey of Stanley. British History Online. Retrieved 1 January 2009.
  6. ^ Cistercian Abbeys: Stanley. Retrieved 1 January 2009.
  7. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 288. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.  
  8. ^ Lancaster, Thomas (d.1583) in the Dictionary of National Biography (1885–1900), a publication now in the public domain.
  9. ^ Papers of Alfred Earle
  10. ^ London, Bankside Press, 2003 ISBN 0954570502
  11. ^ Deans of Exeter. Retrieved 1 January 2009.




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