Bishops of Sodor and Man

(From 360 to 1633)

St. Patrick, the Irish apostle, founded this see




Year of
appointment and termination


  ABT 360 - 
Germanus   447 -
Maughold   498 - 518
Conanus tutor to Eugenius King of Scotland, who died Jan. 26, an. 648. He had the tuition of his three sons in this isle, which was antiently in such repute  

St. Contentus

St. Bladus    
St. Malchus    
Torkinus lived an. 889  
Roolwer said to be buried at St. Maughold’s  
  There is no mention of this see till the year 1098, that the two sees of Sodor and Man were united into one  
Reymundus Called also Hamundus, son of Jole, in the Manks Chronicle), a monk of Sais in Normandy, was consecrated the first Bishop, by Thomas Archbishop of York (d. 1113). Mr. Le Neve supposes his calling him the first Bishop was in regard that he became the first Bishop of Sodor and Man after this see was appointed one of the suffragans to the province of York. This Bishop was deprived 1151. and had his eyes put out. AFT 1098 - 1151
John Monk of Sais in Normandy, who says, he factus est secundus Antistes Moinæ insulæ quæ est inter Angliarn et Hiberniam, propinquior tamen Angliæ, an. 1151.  
Gamaliel Englishman, buried in the abby of Peterborough, and not with the two foregoing bishops, who were both interred in St. German’s cathedral in Peel. Is placed as next Bishop after Wymundus. He is said to have been consecrated by Roger Archbishop of York, who became Archbishop in 1154, and died in 1181. 1154 - 1181

a Norwegian, was Bishop here, who obtained a grant of the third part of the tythes of this island.

Christian Arkadiensis a native of Orkney, who lies buried in Benchor monastery in Ireland.  
Michael died 1203, buried in Fountains Abbey  
Nicholas De Meaux

Abbot of Furness in Lancashire, 1203, King John’s time; in whose reign Prynn intimates this see was subjected to York. He is reported to go into Ireland to visit Benchor Monastery, and that dying there 1217. Buried in that priory.


1203 - 1217
Reginald of royal extraction, nephew to King Olave, consecrated in 1217. He was a most exemplary governour, and dying about the year 1226. Buried in Rushen Abbey with his ancestors. 1217 - 1226
John   1226 - 1229
Simon Arkadiensis an Orkney man, occurs Bishop 1229. He was a man of great learning and prudence, held a synod 1239. made thirteen canons, which see in the Monasticon Anglicanurn. He died in his palace in Kirk Michael in 1249, and was buried in St. German’s Cathedral in Peel, which he had begun to build. 1229 - 1249

Archdeacon of Man, was elected Bishop 1249, being at the same time on attendance upon Harold king of this isle in Norway, received consecration at the hands of the Metropolitan of that kingdom. He had the misfortune to be shipwrecked, and drowned the same year, so he never came home to take possession of this dignity, which was, after some vacancy, next conferred to his sucesor.

Richard Englishman, consecrated at Rome in 1252. Dedicated the church of St. Mary’s of Rushen, or Castle-town, 1260, about six years after which the Scots got possession of this island. He died in 1274. at Langalyner in Copland, on his return from a general council, and was buried at Furness Abbey. 1252 - 1274
Mark of Galloway sometimes called Mauritius, promoted by Alexander, King of Scotland in 1275. according to some accounts, or, as in others, an. 1280. He was on some difference banished by the natives; but they being interdicted for it, were glad to recall him, and lay a smoke-penny, by way of commutation, on every house. He held a synod at Kirk Braddan in Mar 1291, and made there thirty-nine canons. He died 1303. having been sometime blind, and was buried in St. German’s Cathedral in Pee. 1275 - 1303
Allen of Galloway another Scot. Died 15 Feb 1321, and was buried at Rothesay in Scotland 1305 - 1321
Gilbert of Galloway Died 1323, and was buried at Rothesay. 1321 - 1323

another Scot. Buried at Kilwining in Scotland, where he had been abbot.

1324 - 1333
Thomas a Scotsman. In this Bishop’s time this island was entirely recovered and taken away from Scotland, and so he was the last Bishop made by them. Died 20 Sep 1348 and was buried at Scoon in Scotland. 1334 - 1348
William Russell a Manksman, Abbot of Rushen, succeeded, being consecrated at Avignion, by Pope Clement, in 1348. He is said to have resisted some encroachments which the see of Drontheim would have imposed, and to have entirely shook off that Bishop. He held a synod at St. Michael’s, in which five additional canons were made. Died 21 Apr 1374, and was buried in Furness Abby. 1348 - 1374
John Dunkan a native of Man, elected 21 May 1374, and consecrated at Avignion, 25 Nov following. In his return he was made prisoner at Bolonia, and redeemed for five hundred marks. Died 1380. 1374 - 1380
Robert Waldby

Archbishop of Dublin 1391

Bishop of Chichester 1395

Archbishop of York 1396

1380 - 1391
Richard Pully

Bishop of Sodor

John Greene called also Sprotton (posibly from the place of his birth, not far from Dunchurch, co. Warwick; of which he became vicar 1414), occurs possessed of Dunchurch and this see 1448. 1448 - 1454
Thomas Burton died Mar 1457 1454 - 1458
Thomas ? Abbot of Vale Royal in Cheshire, elected Bishop here 21 Jun 1458. Buried at Vale Royal, 1480. 1458 - 1480
Richard Oldham

Abbot of Chester, was promoted to this see 1481. He died 19 Sep 1486. and was buried in Chester Abbey

1481 - 1486
Hugh Hesketh Thomas Stanley, King of Man and Earl of Derby, by his charter, dated 28 Mar 1505. confirmed to him and his successors the tithes and possessions which his predecessors kings of Man had given to former bishops ; and particularly granted the cathedral church in the Island Holm, Sodor, or Peel, with St. Patrick’s church there, and other churches in Man. He died in 1510. and was buried in his cathedral of St. German’s in Peel. 1487 - 1510
Thomas Stanley   1542 - 1545
Robert Ferrar   1545 - 1548
Henry Man Dean of Chester, had the royal assent to his election to this bishoprick  22 Jan 1546. on the King's nomination. He died, and was buried in St. Andrew’s Undershaft Church in London. 1546 - 1556


Thomas Stanley Restored by Queen Mary an. 1556. and died 1568. being then also Rector of Winwick as well as Berwick 1556 - 1568
John Salisbury sufragan Bishop of Thetford, Dean of Norwich, Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral, and Arch-deacon of Anglesea, nominated to this see 27 Mar 1569. Native of Wales, he had a hand in translating the Bible into Welsh, which, with the loss of his preferments ( for marriage, as it seems to me, in Queen Mary’s reign, he having been of a religious order, and vowed celibacy), probably recommended him on Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the Crown. He died in Sep 1573. and was buried in Norwich Cathedral, without any memorial. 1568 - 1573
see vacant about three years.    
John Merick Vicar of Hornchurch in Essex, became nominated hereunto by Henry Earl of Derby, and was admitted by the King 13 Apr and consecrated at Lambeth 15 Apr 1576. the year after which he was installed Bishop, viz. an. 1577. He died 7 Nov 1599 in Yorkshire. 1577 - 1599
George Lloyd Rector of Heswall, co. Lancaster, consecrated an. 1599. Translated to Chester. 1599 - 1604
John Phillips Rector of Hawarden, co. Flint, Arch-deacon of Cleveland and Man, and Parson of Slingsby and Thorp, co. York, was nominated by the King to this see 29 Jan 1604, and consecrated 10 Feb following. He got the Common-Prayer Book of the Church of England translated into the language of the natives of his diocese, the original whereof is yet extant; and was famous for his charity and hospitality. He died 7 Aug 1633. and was buried at St. German’s in Peel. 1604 - 1633
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