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Geoffrey de Burgh

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Geoffrey de Burgh
Bishop of Ely
ElectedJune 1225
Term endedDecember 1228
PredecessorJohn of Fountains
SuccessorHugh of Northwold
Other postsArchdeacon of Norwich
Consecration29 June 1225
Personal details
Bornc. 1180
DiedDecember 1228
BuriedEly Cathedral

Geoffrey de Burgh (c. 1180 – 8 December 1228) was a medieval Bishop of Ely.

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Geoffrey de Burgh was the son of Walter de Burgh of Burgh Castle, Norfolk, and his wife Alice, and the younger brother of William de Burgh and Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent.[1] He was born no later than 1180 or so (based on his appointment as archdeacon in 1200). The name of his father is not known, but his mother's name was Alice and the family was from Norfolk and was of knightly status.[1]

Geoffrey was Canon of Salisbury Cathedral and Treasurer of the Exchequer before being named Archdeacon of Norwich (1200).[2] He was elected to the see of Ely (1215), but the election was quashed by Pope Honorius III before May 1219 due to a competing election with Robert of York.[3] The pope quashed both elections, and ordered a new election: the monks chose the Cistercian John (Abbot of Fountains Abbey).[1]

Geoffrey was once more elected to Ely (June 1225).[3] He owed his election to his brother, Hubert (who was Justiciar of England at the time).[1] He was consecrated Bishop of Ely (29 June 1225) and died three years later (between 8 December and 17 December 1228).[4] He was buried in Ely Cathedral in the north choir, though there is no surviving tomb or monument.[5] Besides his brothers, he also had a nephew, Thomas Blunville, who Hubert had elected to the see of Norwich in 1226.[1]

Roger of Wendover told the story of a Geoffrey, Archdeacon of Norwich, who was a victim of King John of England's cruelty: Geoffrey was thrown into prison and fitted with a lead cloak and starved to death. However, this cannot be Geoffrey de Burgh since the bishop died many years after John's death. The historian Sidney Painter suggested that the real victim may have been another Geoffrey of Norwich, known to be a justice of the Jews.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Karn "Burgh, Geoffrey de" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ Greenway Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066–1300: Volume 2: Monastic Cathedrals (Northern and Southern Provinces): Norwich: Archdeacons of Norwich
  3. ^ a b Greenway Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066–1300: Volume 2: Monastic Cathedrals (Northern and Southern Provinces): Ely: Bishops Archived 14 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 244
  5. ^ Sayers "Once 'Proud Prelate'" Journal of the British Archaeological Association p. 77
  6. ^ Poole Domesday Book to Magna Carta p. 427 footnote 1


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  • Greenway, Diana E. (1971). Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066–1300: Volume 2: Monastic Cathedrals (Northern and Southern Provinces): Ely: Bishops. Institute of Historical Research. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2007.
  • Greenway, Diana E. (1971). Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066–1300: Volume 2: Monastic Cathedrals (Northern and Southern Provinces): Norwich: Archdeacons of Norwich. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 25 October 2007.
  • Karn, Nicholas (May 2007). "Burgh, Geoffrey de (d. 1228)" ((subscription or UK public library membership required)). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/95140. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  • Poole, Austin Lane (1955). From Domesday Book to Magna Carta, 1087–1216 (Second ed.). Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-821707-2.
  • Sayers, Jane (2009). "A Once Proud Prelate: An Unidentified Episcopal Monument in Ely Cathedral". Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 162: 67–87. doi:10.1179/006812809x12448232842376.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Ely
Election quashed

Succeeded by
Robert of York
Preceded by
John of Fountains
Bishop of Ely
Succeeded by
Hugh of Northwold
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