William Barlow (bishop of Lincoln)

William Barlow (died 1613) was an Anglican priest and courtier during the reign of James I of England. He served as Bishop of Rochester in 1605 and Bishop of Lincoln in the Church of England from 1608 until his death. He had also served the church as Rector of St Dunstan's, Stepney in Middlesex and of Orpington, in Kent. He was also Dean of Chester Cathedral, and secured prebends in Chiswick and Westminster.

William Barlow
Bishop of Lincoln
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Lincoln
Term ended1613
PredecessorWilliam Chaderton
SuccessorRichard Neile
Other postsBishop of Rochester
Dean of Chester
Personal details
BuriedBuckden Palace
Alma materSt John's College, Cambridge

As a trusted member of the court, he was appointed to the directorship of the "Second Westminster Company" charged by James with translating the New Testament epistles for the King James Version of the Bible. He participated in the early planning for the translation, and had supported the scholarship of linguist Edward Lively, among other contributions to the project. Barlow's scholarly career had begun at St John's College, Cambridge, where he had graduated in 1584, earned a Master of Arts in 1587, and was admitted as a Fellow in 1590.[1] His publications showed his talents both for scholarship and preferment.

Barlow was buried at St Mary's Church, Buckden, Huntingdonshire.


  1. ^ "Barlow, William (BRLW580W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  • Knighton, C. S., ‘Barlow, William (d. 1613)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008
  • McClure, Alexander. (1858) The Translators Revived: A Biographical Memoir of the Authors of the English Version of the Holy Bible. Mobile, Alabama: R. E. Publications (republished by the Marantha Bible Society, 1984 ASIN B0006YJPI8 )
  • Nicolson, Adam. (2003) God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible. New York: HarperCollins ISBN 0-06-095975-4
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Young
Bishop of Rochester
Succeeded by
Richard Neile
Preceded by
William Chaderton
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Richard Neile