Name: Richard Sampson
Suffix: Bishop of Chichester
Birth: ABT 1474
Note: Died abt 80
Death: 25 SEP 1554 in Eccleshall Castle, Staffordshire
Burial: 1554 Eccleshall, Staffordshire
Residence: Chichester, Sussex
Occupation: The first Anglican Bishop of Chichester
Education: Trinity Hall, Cambridge (BCL), Paris, and Sens
Religion: Catholic then Anglican
MEM: Eccleshall church, staffs: S tower chamber: incised slab: rubbing of bottom half only in Ashmolean
Change Date: 12 APR 2011
Richard Sampson became Bishop of Chichester after having given his support for the divorce of Henry VIII from Katherine of Aragon. His son
JAMES SAMPSON came to Ireland in the reign of Elizabeth 1. His son
RICHARD SAMPSON was a Major in the army of 1652. His son
MICHAEL SAMPSON rose to the rank of Colonel, was attainted by King James II parliament in 1689 and killed whilst serving in King William's army at the Siege of Limerick in 1691. His son William, also a Colonel, married in 1701, Anne eldest daughter of Colonel George Vaughan.
(A Portrait of Counsellor William Sampson, by E. J. Best, in Lisburn Historical Society Journals, Volume 4, December 1982.)
Bishop of Chichester and subsequently of Coventry and Lichfield.
d. at Eccleshall, Staffordshire, 25 Sept., 1554.
He was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Paris, and Sens.
Having become Doctor of Canon Law, he was appointed by Wolsey chancellor and vicar-general in his Diocese of Tournay, where he lived till 1517. Meanwhile he gained English preferment, becoming Dean of St. Stephen's, Westminster, and of the Chapel Royal (1516), Archdeacon of Cornwall (1517), and prebendary of Newbold (1519). From 1522 to 1525 he was ambassador to Charles V.
He was now Dean of Windsor (1523), Vicar of Stepney (1526), and held prebends at St. Paul's and at Lichfield; he was also Archdeacon of Suffolk (1529).
Being a man of no principle, and solely bent on a distinguished ecclesiastical career, he became one of Henry VIII's chief agents in the divorce proceedings, being rewarded therefor by the deanery of Lichfield in 1533, the rectory of Hackney (1534), and treasureship of Salisbury (1535).
On 11 June, 1536, he was elected schismatical Bishop of Chichester, and as such furthered Henry's political and ecclesiastical policy, though not sufficiently thoroughly to satisfy Cranmer. On 19 Feb., 1543, he was translated to Coventry and Lichfield on the royal authority alone, without papal confirmation. He held his bishopric through the reign of Edward VI, though Dodd says he was deprived for recanting his disloyalty to the pope. Godwin the Anglican writer and the Catholic Pitts both agree that he did so retract, but are silent as to his deprivation. He wrote in defence of the royal prerogative "Oratio" (1533) and an explanation of the Psalms (1539-48) and of Romans (1546).
BREWER, Reign of Henry VIII (London, 1884); Letters and Papers of Henry VIII (London, 1831-52); FRIEDMANN, Anne Boleyn (London, 1884); COOPER, Athenae Cantabrigienses (Cambridge, 1858-61); PITTS, De illustribus Angliae Scriptoribus (Paris, 1619); DODD, Church History, I (Brussels vere Wolverhampton, 1739-42); ARCHBOLD in Dict. Nat. Biog.
President of the Council of the Marches of Wales 1544-48 when he shew himself a papist.
Lincoln's Inn Fields and the Localities Adjacent: Their Historical and ... - Page 7
by Charles William Heckethorn - London (England) - 1896 - 241 pages
?... Richard Sampson, then Bishop of Chichester, sold the inheritance of this house
absolutely, with an attached garden, called Cotterel Garden, ...?
?RICHARD SAMPSON Among the many distinguished composers who flourished during ... He died at Eccleshall on September 25, 1554, almost eighty years of age. ?
(New Light on Early Tudor Composers. VII. Richard Sampson, by W. H. Grattan Flood
The Musical Times, Vol. 61, No. 926 (Apr. 1, 1920), pp. 242-243.)
The strongly Catholic Richard Sampson (about 1470-1554) was Dean of the Chapel Royal, and as such he was close to King Henry VIII. The King made him Bishop of Chichester, yet that did not save him from being accused of treason and...
(History of western music. Christopher Headington - 1976.)
Richard Sampson, translated from Chichester. He was lord president of Wales; died 25 Sept. 1554, and was buried at Eccleshall.
Rubbing of the bottom half only of his incised slab at Eccleshall is in Ashmolean collection.
During the episcopate of the first Anglican bishop of Chichester, Richard Sampson, King Henry VIII of England ordered the destruction of the Shrine of St. Richard in Chichester cathedral in 1538. For that purpose, and as a test of loyalty to his royal supremacy over the Church of England (1534), King Henry sent members of the previously-staunch Catholic Sussex gentry to carry out the removal of the Shrine and the despatch of its jewels and ornaments to the Crown, including William Ernle, esquire, whose family, the Ernle's of Earnley in Sussex, had long made contributions to the Shrine in honor of the saint for which it was established. In the case of William Ernle, he was expected to show his enthusiasm for the new Supreme Head of the Church of England by carrying out the cęsaropapal commands for the destruction of the Shrine and the discarding of the bones of his own family's patron saint, a saint for whom he had named his son and heir. The Shrine of St. Richard had, up to this point, enjoyed a level of popularity approaching that accorded to St Thomas ą Becket at Canterbury. It seems that someone associated with the parish of West Wittering in Sussex, possibly William Ernle himself, using his position as royal commissioner for the destruction of St. Richard's Shrine, may have spirited away the relics and bones of St. Richard and hidden them in their own parish church there as there are persistent legends of the presence there of the remains of the saint.
Composed some music.
His son Sir Ephraim Sampson of Kent, Esq., married Isabella, daughter and heiress of Sir Charles Musgrave of Hapton in Westmoreland. His son Michael Sampson of Kent married Judith, daughter of Sir Hugh Annesley of Mapple Durham in the county of Oxford, Knt. Banneret. His son Sir Ralph Sampson Sampson of Kent, Knt. Banneret, in the reign of Henry VIII. married Arabella, daughter of Sir Edward Dawson of Spaldington, Yorkshire. His son Richard Sampson, Bishop of Chichester, afterwards of Lichfield, 1546. His son Joh of Horsmenlane in Kent, Esq.; his son John Sampson, Esq came into Ireland in the...
(The family history of Hart of Donegal. 1907. p88)
The is some confusion concerning Bishop Sampson?s pedigree, cf. B.M., Add. 5524. f. 157 (163), and Visitations of Berkshire, H.S. LVII, p. 207. In the former, the Bishop is included and given his proper title of Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield; in the latter, this Richard Sampson is deprived of his episcopal rank and given several children. However, despite the Berkshire ...
(Tudor prelates and politics, 1536-1558. Lacey Baldwin Smith. 1953.)
The Sampsons of Binfield, County Berks, seem to have used a ''Coat of Arms," which is described in a visitation
of Berkshire as a "Gold cross on black ground with escallop shells."
There is much confusion in the records of County Berk Sampsons [sic]. In one lineage sent me by Mr. Donat Sampson, of London, from an old manuscript in the British Museum Library, a William Sampson of Asbygall is the first mentioned. He married Elizabeth, daughter and co- heiress of John Holnaby. Their son. Sir William Sampson, married Elizabeth, a daughter to John Saye. Two of their sons are mentioned, one Robert, who was Register to King Henry VIII, and married Katherine Mallett.
Robert and Katherine had a son Thomas Sampson, who is recorded as of Binfield, and no doubt the first of the
The second son of Sir William Sampson and Elizabeth Saye, is spoken of in this manuscript as Richard, Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry.
Bishop Sampson was educated at Cambridge College, Oxford. [sic]
("The Sampson family. 1914.")
Under ?Bloody Mary??s besom he went with John Knox in 1555 to in Geneva and to have married and had two sons.
Queen Elizabeth hated a married priest, above all, a married bishop. There was a Thomas Sampson, Dean of Chichester, when Richard was Bishop there: doubtless a kinsman, a brother perhaps; as he held office in the same Cathedral,
(Kith and kin. Mrs John Russell Sampson - 1922.)
Father: Robert Sampson
Mother: Anne Chatterton
- James Sampson b: in England
- Text: The Musical Times?
Vol 61. 1920.
Published by Novello.
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