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Richard Cox

Richard Cox, D.D. was Dean of Westminster from 1549-1553 but he has no memorial at the Abbey and is buried at Ely Cathedral.

He was the son of Richard Cox of Whaddon in Buckinghamshire and was born about 1500. Educated at Eton College and Cambridge he was later Head Master at Eton. Among other posts he was Archdeacon of Ely cathedral, prebendary of Lincoln cathedral, Dean of Osney and of Christ Church, Oxford, Canon of Windsor and Lord High Almoner to the King.

Deprived of all his appointments in 1553 for his part in the Lady Jane Grey affair he was imprisoned in the Marshalsea but released on house arrest on 19th August. He then escaped to the continent only returning after Elizabeth I's accession when he was made Bishop of Ely. His second wife was Jane Awder and seven children survived him. Joan married John Parker and son Richard was knighted. He died 22nd July 1581.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004


Dean; priest/minister

Richard Cox
Richard Cox

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