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Anthony Watson (bishop)

Anthony Watson (died 1605) was an English bishop.


He was born in Durham. He was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he matriculated in 1567, graduated B.A. in 1572, becoming a Fellow, and graduated M.A. in 1575.[1]

He was rector of Cheam from 1581, presented by John Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley. He continued to reside there for the rest of his life.[2][3] At that point Nonsuch Palace belonged to Lumley, and Watson wrote a significant Latin description of it,[4] from the 1580s, and surviving in manuscript. In 1592 Lumley presented him as rector of Storrington.[5]

He became Lord High Almoner in 1595, and Bishop of Chichester in 1596.[5][6] He participated in the Hampton Court Conference of 1604.[7]


  1. ^ "Watson, Anthony (WT567A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
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  4. ^ Magnificae at plane regiae domus quae vulgo vocatur Nonesuch brevis et vera descriptio, published Garden Hist, 27(1), 1999, 168–178, ISSN 0307-1243.
  5. ^ a b Dictionary of National Biography, article Watson, Anthony.
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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Bickley
Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by
Lancelot Andrewes