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  • ID: I6427
  • Name: Henry KING Bishop of Chichester 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 29 MAR 2015
  • Note: Henry King was a minor poet of the age, but an excellent one among that class. He was befriended by numerous poets & other men of note, including Ben Jonson, John Donne, Izaak Walton, Sir Henry Wotton, and James Howell to name a few. Even the diarist Samuel Pepys took notice of him (however small) on a couple of occasions in the 1660s. 4
  • Birth: JAN 1592
  • Note:
    Eldest son. Baptised 16 January 1592 at Worminghall, Buckinghamshire
    'Henricus filius Joh's Kynge Decimo sexto die Januarii'
    5 6 7
  • Education: Kinge, Henry, of Bucks, s. (John), dean of Christ Church, and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford. CHRIST CHURCH, matric. 20 Jan., 1608-9, aged 17; B.A. 19 June, 1611, M.A. 7 July, 1614, B. and D.D. 19 May, 1625, and canon 1623-41, chaplain to James I. and Charles I., canon residentiary of St. Paul's, 1615, archdeacon of Colchester 1617, of Lincoln's Inn 1619 (B.D.), dean of Rochester 1638, rector of Petworth, Sussex, 1642, sinecure rector of Fulham 1618, bishop of Chichester 1642, ejected, but reinstated at the restoration; born at Worminghall, Bucks, Jan., 1591; died at Chichester 1 Oct., 1669. See Lansdowne MS, 986, ff. 116, 118; Ath. iii, 839; Fasti, i; Walker's Sufferings, ii II; Alumni West. 76; & Foster's Index Eccl.

    By his will, dated 8 Mar 1559 and proved in 1560, Lord Williams of Thame left the rectories and parsonages of Brill, Oakley and Borstall, in Buckinghamshire, and Easton Weston, in Northamptonshire, to his executors for the purpose of founding a free school at Thame. The school buildings were begun in 1574 and an account of the foundation, privately printed in 1675, is in the Bodleian Library. Among the alumni of Thame School were Henry King, Bishop of Chichester. 1609 8
  • Note: Henry King was residing at his episcopal palace when Chichester surrendered to the parliament in 1643, and his library was seized. He was deprived of the rectory of Petworth, which was given by parliament to Francis Cheynell, and by a resolution of the House of Commons, 27 June 1643, his estates were ordered to be sequestrated. From 1643 to 1651 he lived in the house of his brother-in-law, Sir Richard Hobart of Langley, Buckinghamshire. In 1659 King was engaged in negotiations for supplying the vacant bishoprics, and was reinstated at the Restoration, returning to Chichester. 9
  • Death: 01 OCT 1669 in Chichester, Sussex 8

    Father: John KING Bishop of London b: ABT 1559 in Worminghall, Buckinghamshire
    Mother: Joan FREEMAN

    Marriage 1 Anne BERKELEY b: ABT 1600
    • Married: ABT 1617
    • Note: From DNB: 'King left Oxford on 10 July 1616, probably because he married Anne Berkeley (c.1600–1624), eldest daughter and heir of Sir Robert Berkeley of Boycourt in Kent, who had died in 1614. She then lived in Oxford with her great-aunt Lloyd, widow of the second principal of Jesus College (her family evidently fought for a better marriage).' 10 2 3
    • Event: Children
    • Note: 'In 1619 the Kings leased part of Vicaridge House at the west end of St Paul's in London. Of their seven children two, John and Henry, survived infancy.' 2
    1. Has No Children Anne KING
    2. Has Children John KING of Boycourt, Kent; barrister-at-law, Inner Temple b: BEF 1624
    3. Has Children Henry KING Gentleman of the Ordinary in the Privy Chamber of Charles II b: BEF 1624

    1. Title: Website
      Abbrev: Website
      Page: History of the See of Oxford
      Handbook to the Cathedrals of England, by Richard John King
      published by John Murray, Albemarle Street, Oxford, 1862
      reproduced at
    2. Title: Dictionary of National Biography
      Abbrev: DNB
      Publication: Oxford University Press
      Page: Henry King article
    3. Title: Visitation
      Abbrev: Visitation
      Page: Visitation of Sussex 1662
      Harleian edition, Vol.LXXXIX 1937
      Edited by A.W. Hughes Clark, F.S.A.
      Henry King, pp.67-69
    4. Title: Website
      Abbrev: Website
      Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4090136.Henry_King
    5. Title: Dictionary of National Biography
      Abbrev: DNB
      Publication: Oxford University Press
      Page: John King article
    6. Title: Book
      Abbrev: Book
      Page: Poems and Psalms by Henry King, D.D.
      Sometime Lord Bishop of Chichester
      edited by J. Hannah B.A., Fellow of Lincoln College
    7. Title: Parish Record
      Abbrev: Parish Record
      Page: Worminghall Register of Baptisms
    8. Title: Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford1500-1714 and 1715-1886
      Abbrev: Oxford Alumni
      Author: Compiler: Joseph Foster
      Publication: Parker & Co, Oxford
    9. Title: Website
      Abbrev: Website
      Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_King_(poet)
    10. Title: The Lives of the Berkeleys Lords of the Honour, Castle and Manor of Berkeley In the County of Gloucester from 1066 to 1618
      Abbrev: Lives of the Berkeleys
      Author: Compiler: John Smyth, of Nibley
      Page: “Lives of the Berkeleys,” John Smyth, pub 1883 by Bristol etc Arch Soc.
      Vol.I, p.266-7
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