Richard Beadon
Richard Beadon DD
Doctor of Divinity
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 (1737 – 21 April 1824) was Master of Jesus College
Jesus College, Cambridge
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, Cambridge
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 1781–1789 and later Vice-Chancellor of the University, Bishop of Gloucester
Bishop of Gloucester
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 and Bishop of Bath and Wells
Bishop of Bath and Wells
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Beadon was born at Pinkworthy in Devon
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, son of the Rev. Robert Beadon, Rector of Oakford. He was educated at Blundell's School
Blundell's School
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 and admitted to St John's College, Cambridge
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 in 1754. He was eighth Wrangler and Senior Chancellor's Medallist in 1758.

He married Rachel, granddaughter of Bishop Gooch
Thomas Gooch
-Life:Gooch was born to Thomas Gooch of Yarmouth, and educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, which he entered in 1691. He graduated B.A. in 1694, and M.A. in 1698. He became chaplain to Henry Compton, Bishop of London, and preached at his funeral in 1713. Subsequently he was chaplain to...

, of Ely, and had one son, Richard.

It is said he was admirable both as Master and Vice-Chancellor, and a very handsome man. His portrait survives in the College.
  • Fellow and Tutor of St. John's
  • Archdeacon of London
    Archdeacon of London
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    , 1775–1789
  • Master of Jesus College, 1781–1789
  • Tutor to Prince Frederick William, afterwards Duke of Gloucester
  • Bishop of Gloucester, 1789–1802
  • Bishop of Bath and Wells, 1802–1824
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