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FLEETWOOD , WILLIAM ( 1656 - 1723 ), bishop and antiquary ;

b. 1 Jan. 1656 — the D.N.B. has a full account of his life. He was bishop of S. Asaph 1708-14 , and afterwards of Ely ; he was a zealous Whig , and suffered in consequence in the last years of Anne 's reign. As bishop of S. Asaph , he was ‘far above the standards of his age’; in his charge of 1710 he exhorted his clergy to preach in Welsh . He was interested in the history of his diocese , and there are notes by him on that subject in the palace library of S. Asaph ; he gave much help to Browne Willis and other antiquaries ; and in 1713 published The Life of S. Winefred , in which he attacked the making of pilgrimages to Holywell . He was a remarkably eloquent preacher , and a number of his sermons appeared in print. He d. 4 Aug. 1723 .

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959