John Randolph (bishop of London)

John Randolph (Bishop Of London)

John Randolph (bishop of London)

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John Randolph (6 Jul 1749 – 28 Jul 1813) was an English scholar, teacher, and cleric who rose to become Bishop of London.

He was born Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, the son of Thomas Randolph, President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford.He was awarded BA in 1771, MA in 1774 and BD in 1782.

He was associated with Oxford University as a resident and instructor from 1779 to 1783. In 1776 he was made Professor of Poetry, in 1782 Regius Professor of Greek and in 1783 Regius Professor of Divinity.

In 1799, Randolph was named the Bishop of Oxford, and in 1807 was translated to the see of the Bishop of Bangor. He retained the post of Regius professor until his move to Bangor. Randolph was not particularly liberal. In debating the expansion of free schools, he noted that educating the poor would "…puff up their tender minds or entice them into a way of life of no benefit to the publick and ensnaring to themselves."

On 12 June 1809, he was made the Bishop of London, and ex officio a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. In Dec 1811 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

He died in office in 1813 and was buried in Fulham churchyard. He had married Jane, daughter of Thomas Lambard of Sevenoaks, Kent in 1785.

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