Baldock (Baldocke, Baldok, or Baudake), Ralph De

Baldock (Baldocke, Baldok, Or Baudake), Ralph De an English prelate, was educated at Merton College, Oxford. He became archdeacon of Middlesex in 1276, and dean of St. Paul's, London, in 1294. He also received the prebends of Holborn, Islington, and Newington. He was elected bishop of London Feb. 23, 1304, and,the temporalities of his see were accorded to him June 1 of that year; but an appeal having been made to the pope against his election and confirmation; he was not consecrated until Jan. 30, 1306. He died at Stepney, July 24, 1313. He contributed two hundred marks towards building the Chapel of St. Mary on the east side of St. Paul's. He founded also a chantry of. two priests in the same church near the altar of St. Erkenweld. He wrote Historia Anglica (not extant), and A Collection of the Statutes and Constitutions of the Church of St. Paul. See Le Neve, Fasti; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.

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