Bronscombe, Walter an English prelate of the 13th century, son of a poor man of Exeter, raised himself by his own industry to the bishopric of Exeter, where he built and endowed a hospital for poor people, and also founded a college at Perin, Cornwall. He instituted an annual festival to the angel Gabriel, for meeting the expenses of which he left land — a festival which never appears to have been observed outside of his own diocese. He died in 1280. See Fuller, Worthies of England (ed. Nuttall), 1:444.