Alcock, John (1), Lld
Alcock, John (1), LL.D., an English prelate, was born at Beverley, in Yorkshire, and educated at Cambridge, where he took the degree of doctor of laws.' In 1461 he was collated to the Church of St. Margaret, New Fish Street, London, and in the same year was advanced to the deanery 'of St. Stephen's, Westminster. The next year he, was appointed master of the rolls, and six years after he obtained two prebends-one in Salisbury Cathedral and the other in St.
Paul's, London. In 1470 he was made a privy-councillor and one of the ambassadors to the king of Castile.ῥ In 1471 he was a commissioner to treat with the king of Scotland, and about the same time a member of the privy council to Edward, prince of Wales. In the same year he was promoted to the bishopric of Rochester, and in 1472 constituted lord high chancellor of England, which office he retained about ten months. In 1476 he was translated to the see of Worcester and appointed lord president of Wales. He was in disgrace with the protector, Richard duke of York, and was removed from his office as preceptor to Edward. On. the accession of Henry VII he was again made lord chancellor, and in 1486 was translated to the bishopric of Ely. In the cathedral he built a beautiful chapel, and added the hall to the episcopal palace. Malvern Church was rebuilt by him, and he enlarged Wesburg Church. At Kingston-upon-Hull he founded a school, and built a chantry on the south side of Trinity Church. He contributed to the building of St. Mary's, Cambridge, and, lastly, founded Jesus College for a master, six fellows, and as many scholars. He died at his castle at Wisbeach, Oct. 1, 1500, and left: Mons Peifectionis ad Carthusianos (Lond. 1501,4to):Galli Cantus ad Confratres suos Curatos in Synodo apud Barnwell Sept. 25,1498 (ibid. per Pynson, 1498, 4to):Abbatia Spiritus Sancti in Pura Conscientia Fundata (ibid. 1531, 4to): — In Psalmos Poenitentiales, in English verse: — Homilice Vulgares: — Meditationes Pice: — Sponsage of a Virgin to Christ (ibid. 1486, 4to). See Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.; Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Hook, Eccles. Dict. s.v.