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William Langton

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William Langton
Archbishop of York-elect
Elected12 March 1265
Term endedNovember 1265
PredecessorGodfrey Ludham
Other post(s)Dean of York
Archdeacon of York
Consecrationnever consecrated
Personal details
Died15 July 1279
BuriedYork Minster
ParentsRobert de Gray

William Langton (or William of Rotherfield; died 1279) was a medieval English priest and nephew of Archbishop Walter de Gray. William was selected but never consecrated as Archbishop of York and Bishop of Carlisle.

Langton was the son of Robert de Gray of Rotherfield Greys, who was the brother of Walter de Gray, Archbishop of York.[1] Langton held the prebend of Strensall by 24 June 1245.[2] He was named Archdeacon of York by 21 September 1249.[3] By 23 April 1255 he was the rector of Great Mitton, West Riding, Yorkshire, and was named Dean of York by 16 March 1262.[4] On 12 March 1265 was elected to fill the Archbishopric of York, however his election was quashed in November 1265 by the pope.[5] He continued to hold office as Dean and was elected Bishop of Carlisle on 13 December 1278 but refused the office.[6]

Langton died on 15 July 1279 and was buried in the south transept of York Minster.[4]



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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Godfrey Ludham
Archbishop of York
Election quashed

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Robert de Chauncy
Bishop of Carlisle
Elected but refused office

Succeeded by
Ralph of Irton
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