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William James (bishop)

William James (1542–1617) was an English academic and bishop.


He graduated with an M.A. degree at Christ Church, Oxford in 1565. He was Master of University College, Oxford in 1572, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1581, and again in 1590. He became Dean of Christ Church in 1584.[1]

He became Dean of Durham in 1596, where he was a witness to the decay of agriculture in northeast England.[2][3] He was Bishop of Durham from 1606.[1]

In early 1611, he had custody of Arbella Stuart, in the intention of the King to take her north to Durham. In the event Arbella was moved from Lambeth to be confined at Barnet, while the bishop travelled north leaving Sir James Croft in charge, and for health reasons did not follow, being moved to East Barnet.[4] When Arbella and her husband William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset (who was in the Tower of London) made simultaneous but badly coordinated escapes on 3 June 1611, she simply walked free.[5]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Caius
Master of University College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Anthony Gate
Preceded by
Arthur Yeldard
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Robert Hovenden
Preceded by
Nicholas Bond
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Nicholas Bond
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Tobias Matthew
Bishop of Durham
Succeeded by
Richard Neile

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