Monday, March 30, 2015

30 March 1621 A.D. John King Passes, the 105th (Calvinistic, Reformed) Bishop of London

30 March 1621 A.D. John King Passes, the 105th Bishop of London; Formerly, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford (1605-1611); Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, Nominated 30 Apr & Consecrated 8 Sept 1611 by Appointment of King James 1; Well-Known for His Calvinism & Strenuous Anti-Romewardom; Entertained Pocahontas; Died in Office 30 Mar 1621

John King (Bishop of London)

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  John King
John King by Nicholas Lockey.jpg
In office
Personal details

John King (died 30 March 1621) was the Bishop of London in the Church of England from 1611 to 1621. 


King was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford.[1] A chaplain to bishop John Piers, King became preacher to the city of York before becoming domestic chaplain to Thomas Egerton in London. As Rector of St Andrews, Holborn in 1597 and prebend of Sneating in St Paul's in 1599, King became a well-known Calvinist anti-Catholic preacher. Appointed a chaplain in ordinary to James I, James then made John King dean of Christ Church in August 1605. He was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1607 until 1610. He was consecrated Bishop of London on 8 September 1611.[1]

In 1617, according to Samuel Purchas, while Pocahontas was in London King entertained her "with festival state and pomp beyond what I have seen in his greate hospitalitie afforded to other ladies."[2]


King married Joan Freeman; their eldest son was Henry King, a poet and Bishop of Chichester. The second son John King was a Canon of Windsor and Canon of Westminster. The fifth and youngest son was Philip King.[3]

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1.      ^ Jump up to: a b P. E. McCullough, ‘King, John (d. 1621)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 26 Jan 2009

2.      Jump up ^ Samuel Purchas, Hakluytus Posthumus, Vol. 19, p. 118

3.      Jump up ^ Henry King (1843). John Hannah, ed. Poems and Psalms. pp. xcv–xcvii. Retrieved 28 August 2013.

External links

Portraits of John King at the National Portrait Gallery, London

Preceded by
George Abbot
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
George Monteigne

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