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Benjamin Lany

Bishop of Ely
Bp Benjamin Laney.png
DioceseDiocese of Ely
In office1667–1675
PredecessorPeter Gunning
SuccessorMatthew Wren
Other postsBishop of Peterborough (1660–1663)
Bishop of Lincoln (1663–1667)
Personal details
Born1591 (1591)
Ipswich
Died24 January 1675(1675-01-24) (aged 84)
BuriedEly Cathedral
NationalityBritish
DenominationAnglican
Alma materChrist's College, Cambridge
Monument to Bishop Benjamin Laney in Ely Cathedral
Monument to Bishop Benjamin Laney in Ely Cathedral

Benjamin Lany FRS (or Laney; 1 January 1591 – 24 January 1675) was an English academic and bishop.[1]


Early life

The son of John Laney,[2] Benjamin Lany was born in Ipswich.[3] He entered Christ's College, Cambridge in 1608, graduating B.A. 1612, M.A. 1615, B.D. 1622, D.D. 1630. He became a Fellow of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge in 1616.[4]

Career (pre Civil War)

He was ordained on 21 February 1619. After a curacy at Madingley he held livings at Hambledon, Hampshire, Bishops Waltham and Buriton.[5] He was also Chaplain to the Bishop of Winchester from 1628.[6] He became Master of Pembroke in 1630.

By Richard Neile he was appointed to the rectory of Buriton with Petersfield, Hampshire, and on 31 July 1631.[7]

He became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1632.

Civil War years

Lany was appointed on 19 June 1639 to a prebendal stall in Westminster, on the king's nomination. As a devoted royalist and high churchman, Lany on the outbreak of the civil wars become the subject of fierce hostility to the puritan party. He was denounced by Prynne as "one of the professed Arminians, Laud's creatures to prosecute his designs in the university of Cambridge", who, when one Adams was brought before the authorities for preaching in favour of confession to a "priest, had united with the majority of the doctors in acquitting him". When the parliament exercised supreme power he was deprived of all his preferments, his rectory of Buriton being sequestered "to the use of one Robert Harris, a godly and orthodox divine, and member of the Assembly of Ministers"[7]

In 1643 Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester and Simeon Ashe led a visitation to the University on behalf of Parliament. This saw Lany deprived of his position. He went into exile with the future Charles II of England.[8]

Career (post Civil War)

After the Restoration of 1660, he became Dean of Rochester in July 1660, Bishop of Peterborough in December 1660,[9] Bishop of Lincoln in May 1663,[10] and Bishop of Ely[11] from 1667.[8]

He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1666.[4]

Notes and references

Citations

  1. ^ Pepys Diary
  2. ^ J.J.C. (1981). "Laney, John (d.1633), of Cratfield and Ipswich, Suff.". In Hasler, P. W. (ed.). The House of Commons 1558-1603. The History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  3. ^ Soham Town Forum
  4. ^ a b "Laney, Benjamin (LNY608B)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. ^ A History of Christianity in Petersfield, Leaton, E. (ed.) (2001, Petersfield, Petersfield Area Historical Society: Monograph Number 4 p17) ISSN 0262-5970
  6. ^ "English Historical Facts, 1603-1688" Cook,C./ Wroughton,J. p139: London, Macmillan, 1980 ISBN 978-1-349-02676-0
  7. ^ a b Venables 1885.
  8. ^ a b Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  9. ^ Peterborough Cathedral: History of the See
  10. ^ British History on-line
  11. ^ Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857: Volume 7, Ely, Norwich, Westminster and Worcester Dioceses

Sources

  • Venables, Edmund (1885). "Laney, Benjamin". Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900. 32. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 82–83.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Jerome Beale
Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
1630–1644
Succeeded by
Richard Vines
Preceded by
Thomas Comber
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
1632–1633
Succeeded by
Richard Love
Preceded by
William Moses
Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
1660–1662
Succeeded by
Mark Franck
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Turner
vacant from 1644
Dean of Rochester
July 1660–December 1660
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Hardy
Preceded by
John Towers
vacant from 1649
Bishop of Peterborough
1660–1663
Succeeded by
Joseph Henshaw
Preceded by
Robert Sanderson
Bishop of Lincoln
1663–1667
Succeeded by
William Fuller
Preceded by
Matthew Wren
Bishop of Ely
1667–1675
Succeeded by
Peter Gunning
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