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Richard Terrick

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Richard Terrick
Bishop of London
Richard Terrick by Nathaniel Dance-Holland.jpg
Richard Terrick (Nathaniel Dance-Holland)
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of London
Term ended1777 (death)
PredecessorRichard Osbaldeston
SuccessorRobert Lowth
Other post(s)Bishop of Peterborough
Consecrationc. 1757
Personal details
Bornbaptized (1710-07-20)20 July 1710
Died31 March 1777(1777-03-31) (aged 66)
BuriedAll Saints Church, Fulham
SpouseTabitha Stainforth
Alma materClare College, Cambridge

Richard Terrick (1710 – 31 March 1777) was a Church of England clergyman who served as Bishop of Peterborough 1757–1764 and Bishop of London 1764–1777.

Terrick was born in York, the eldest son of Samuel Terrick, rector of Wheldrake and residentiary canon of York Minster. He was the great-grandson of Samuel Terrick. Terrick was educated at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1729 (MA in 1733) and DD in 1747.[1]

A certificate of ordination (with seal) given at Westminster by Richard Terrick, Bishop of London, February 24, 1770.
A certificate of ordination (with seal) given at Westminster by Richard Terrick, Bishop of London, February 24, 1770.

He was preacher at the Rolls Chapel from 1736 to 1757, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons from 1739 to 1742, Canon of the fourth stall at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle from 1742 to 1749, and vicar of Twickenham from 1749. He was appointed Bishop of Peterborough in 1757 through the influence of the Duke of Devonshire, the then Prime Minister, but subsequently transferred his allegiance to the Earl of Bute. He was promoted to the bishopric of London in 1764, also joining the Privy Council ex officio. He declined the archbishopric of York in 1776 on the grounds of ill health, dying on Easter Monday 1777.

Horace Walpole, who disliked Terrick, said he lacked ability, save "a sonorous delivery and an assiduity of backstairs address". On the other hand, Alexander Carlyle thought him "a truly excellent man of a liberal mind and excellent good temper" and "a famous good preacher and the best reader of prayers I ever heard".


  • Courtney, William Prideaux (1898). "Terrick, Richard" . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 56. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 78–79.


  1. ^ "Terrick, Richard (TRK726R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Thomas
Bishop of Peterborough
Succeeded by
Robert Lamb
Preceded by
Richard Osbaldeston
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
Robert Lowth

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