Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Senhouse, Richard

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482475Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 51 — Senhouse, Richard1897William Arthur Jobson Archbold

SENHOUSE, RICHARD (d. 1626), bishop of Carlisle, was third son of John Senhouse (d. 1604) of Netherhall, Cumberland, by Anne, daughter of John Ponsonby of Hail Hall. The father was an antiquary who collected Roman remains. Sir Robert Cotton visited him in 1599. Richard was educated, according to Jefferson, first at Trinity and afterwards at St. John's College, Cambridge, whence he graduated M.A. in 1598 (incorporated at Oxford in 1600), and proceeded B.D. by grace of 15 Feb. 1608, D.D. in 1622. He became fellow of St. John's on 7 April 1598. He was a good preacher, and became chaplain successively to the Earl of Bedford, Prince Charles, and King James I. In 1606 he was appointed vicar of Bumpsted Steeple, Essex; in 1608 he was rector of Cheam, Surrey, and on 18 Dec. 1621 he became dean of Gloucester. He was made bishop of Carlisle on 26 Sept. 1624, and preached the coronation sermon for Charles I. He died, it is said owing to a fall from his horse, on 6 May 1626, and was buried in the cathedral. A volume containing four sermons by him was published, London, 1627 4to.

[Burke's Landed Gentry, ii. 1819; Jefferson's Hist. of Carlisle, pp. 182, 218; Hutchinson's Cumberland, ii. 631; Baker's Hist. of St. John's Coll. 292, ii. 615; Le Neve's Fasti, i. 444, iii. 242; information from Mr. Chancellor Fergusson; Cal. State Papers, Dom. 1623-5, pp. 304, 339, 353; Stowe MS. 76, f. 248.]

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