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Robert Waldby
Archbishop of York
Appointed5 October 1396
Term ended6 January 1398
PredecessorThomas Arundel
SuccessorRichard le Scrope
Other post(s)Archbishop of Dublin
Bishop of Chichester
Personal details
Died29 December 1397
BuriedWestminster Abbey
DenominationRoman Catholic

Robert Waldby (died 1397) was a native of York and friar of the Order of Saint Augustine who followed Edward, the Black Prince into Aquitaine, and undertook a number of diplomatic  missions on his behalf. After studying at Toulouse, he became professor of theology there. He later became close to Edward's son, King Richard II. He was a firm opponent of John Wycliffe, wrote a book denouncing him, and was a member of the Synod which assembled at Oxford in 1382 to judge his orthodoxy.

There is a possibility that Waldby was Bishop of Sodor and Man in 1381, although at the time John Dongan was the bishop from 1374 to 1391. He definitely became Bishop of Aire in Gascony in 1387, and Chancellor of Aquitaine, and translated to the archbishopric of Dublin in Ireland on 14 November 1390, with the strong support of King Richard.[1] He received the temporalities of the See in July 1391. He was given money and troops to defend Leinster, the one province under more or less secure English rule, against hostile Irish clans, and succeeded in relieving Naas, County Kildare. He was apparently most unhappy in Ireland, and was even prepared to accept a junior English bishopric in order to come home. After five years in Dublin, he translated to the bishopric of Chichester in England on 25 October 1395,[2] and finally became Archbishop of York on 5 October 1396.[3]

Waldby died on 29 December 1397 with his bishopric being sede vacante on 6 January 1398.[3][4] He was buried in the Chapel of St. Edmund in Westminster Abbey, where his monumental brass still remains.[5][6]


  1. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology, p. 351
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology, p. 239
  3. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology, p. 282
  4. ^ Jones Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae pp. 3–5
  5. ^ Thornbury Old and New London pp. 341–350
  6. ^ "Robert Waldeby". Westminster Abbey. Retrieved 17 January 2017.


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  • Thornbury, Walter (1978). "Westminster Abbey: Chapels and royal tombs". Old and New London. Vol. 3. London: Cassell, Petter & Galpin. pp. 431–450. Retrieved 17 January 2017 – via British History Online.
  • Jones, B., ed. (1963). "Archbishops of York". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541. Vol. 6, Northern Province (York, Carlisle and Durham). London: Institute of Historical Research. pp. 3–5. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Jean de Montaut
Bishop of Aire
Succeeded by
Maurice Usk
Preceded by Archbishop of Dublin
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of York
Succeeded by

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