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Robert Skinner

Robert Skinner (1591–1670) was an English bishop.


He was a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford in 1613, and graduated M.A. in 1614.[1]

His father Edmund Skinner was rector of Pitsford, and Robert succeeded him in 1628.[2] He was vicar of Launton from 1632.[3]

In 1634, Oxford University granted him a D.D. at the request of William Laud, without the formalities, a move criticized by John Prideaux.[4] In the 1630s Skinner was known for his sermons before Charles I asserting Arminian doctrines.[5] He became bishop of Bristol in 1636. There he was active in preaching against Calvinism.[6]

In 1641, he was translated to become Bishop of Oxford, but was imprisoned shortly afterwards with the fall of Archbishop Laud, in the round-up of Laudian bishops who were taken to the Tower of London. Released on bail he resided at Launton, and under the Commonwealth he continued to ordain priests there, using Ralph Bathurst as a deputy.[7][8]

In 1663 he was made bishop of Worcester.


Further reading

  • Peter Lake, Joseph Hall, Robert Skinner, and the Rhetoric of Moderation at the Early Stuart Court in Lori Anne Ferrell, Peter E. McCullough (editors), The English sermon revised: religion, literature and history, 1600–1750 (2001), pp. 167–185.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Coke
Bishop of Bristol
Succeeded by
Thomas Westfield
Preceded by
John Bancroft
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
William Paul
Preceded by
John Earle
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
Walter Blandford

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