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William Day (bishop)

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William Day

Bishop of Winchester
DioceseDiocese of Winchester
Elected3 November 1595 (elected)[1]
22 January 1596 (confirmed)[2]
In office1595–1596 (death)
PredecessorWilliam Wickham
SuccessorThomas Bilson
Other postsDean of the Chapel Royal & Dean of Windsor (1572–1595)
Provost of Eton College (1561–1595)
Archdeacon of Nottingham (1560–1565)
Personal details
Shropshire, England[3]
Died(1596-09-20)20 September 1596 (aged 65–68)
ParentsRichard Day
SpouseElizabeth Barlow
ChildrenTwo sons (Thomas & William); four daughters (Susan Cox, Rachel Barker, Alice Ridley & Elizabeth)
EducationEton College
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge
Ordination history of
William Day
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorJohn Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury
Co-consecratorsRichard Fletcher, Bishop of London
John Young, Bishop of Rochester
Date25 January 1596
Placethe chapel, Lambeth Palace
Source(s): [2][4]

William Day (1529 – 20 September 1596) was an English clergyman, Provost of Eton College for many years, and at the end of his life Bishop of Winchester.

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He was born the son of Richard Day of Shropshire and educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge, where he was Fellow in 1548, and graduated MA, in 1553.[5] He became Provost of Eton College in 1561, his predecessor Richard Bruerne being ejected; it was a position he held until 1595.[6][7][8]

He was created Archdeacon of Nottingham in 1561 and canon of St George's Chapel, Windsor in 1563, before being appointed Dean of the Chapel Royal and Dean of Windsor in 1572. He was registrar of the Order of the Garter, from 1584, and chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, from 1587. He was raised to the episcopy as Bishop of Winchester in 1595.[7]

He died in 1596.


George Day, Bishop of Chichester, was his brother.[7] He married Elizabeth Barlow, daughter of William Barlow.[6] Francis Day of Madras was possibly a grandson, son of his son William Day of Bray.[9]


  1. ^ "Day, William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/7373.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b Cassan, Stephen Hyde. The Lives of the Bishops of Winchester: From Birinus, the First Bishop of the West Saxons, to the Present Time; Vol. II. p. 64 Accessed 11 September 2014
  3. ^ Cassan, Stephen Hyde. The Lives of the Bishops of Winchester: From Birinus, the First Bishop of the West Saxons, to the Present Time; Vol. II. p. 59 Accessed 11 September 2014
  4. ^ Cassan, Stephen Hyde. The Lives of the Bishops of Winchester: From Birinus, the First Bishop of the West Saxons, to the Present Time; Vol. II. p. 60 Accessed 11 September 2014
  5. ^ "Day, William (DY545W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  6. ^ a b "Provosts". Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  7. ^ a b c Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  8. ^ Arthur Clutton-Brock, Eton (1900), p. 35.
  9. ^ "The Hindu : Metro Plus Chennai / Madras Miscellany : A look back at Madras's founders". Retrieved 2014-04-12.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Wickham
Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
Thomas Bilson
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