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William Downham

William Downham (1511–1577) was bishop of Chester.

Under Mary of England, he was chaplain to her sister Princess Elizabeth.[1] He became bishop of Chester in 1561, shortly after Elizabeth's accession.[2]

As bishop, he was considered rather ineffectual against the Roman Catholics, preferring not to offend the gentry.[3] The reformer Christopher Goodman attacked him in 1571, as supine, on a pretext of the continuing Whitsun plays.[4]

He had further problems with the diocesan finances, being dependent on rents that could prove hard to collect.[5] He also had very few university graduates among his candidates for ordination.[6]


George Downame and John Downame were his sons.[7]


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Cuthbert Scott
Bishop of Chester
Succeeded by
William Chaderton
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