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George Montaigne
Archbishop of York

George Montaigne during his time as Bishop of London.
Enthroned July 1628
Reign ended October 1628
Predecessor Tobias Matthew
Successor Samuel Harsnett

George Montaigne (Mountain) (1569-1628) was an English bishop.


He graduated B.A. from Queens' College, Cambridge in 1590, and M.A. in 1593.[1] In 1597 he was chaplain to Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, on his expedition against Cadiz. He became rector of Great Cressingham in 1602. He was Gresham College Professor of Divinity in 1607, and in 1608 Master of the Savoy and chaplain to James I of England.[2]

He was Dean of Westminster in 1610. He was then Bishop of Lincoln in 1617, Bishop of London in 1621, and Bishop of Durham in 1627. He was Archbishop of York from July to October 1628.[2] He was one of the Arminian group of bishops who arose in opposition to the general Calvinism that prevailed in the Church of England in the early seventeenth century. One manifestation of his views were prosecutions in his London diocese for the disrespectful wearing of hats in services.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Montaigne, George in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
  2. ^ a b Dictionary of National Biography, article Mountiagne, George
  3. ^ Thomas N. Corns, A Companion to Milton (2003), p. 115.
Academic offices
Preceded by
William Dakins
Gresham Professor of Divinity
1607 – 1610
Succeeded by
William Osbaldeston
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Neile
Bishop of Lincoln
1617 – 1621
Succeeded by
John Williams
Preceded by
John King
Bishop of London
1621 – 1627
Succeeded by
William Laud
Preceded by
Richard Neile
Prince-Bishop of Durham
1627 – 1628
Succeeded by
John Howson
Preceded by
Tobias Matthew
Archbishop of York
Succeeded by
Samuel Harsnett


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