Carleton, George, Dd

Carleton, George, D.D., bishop of Chichester, was born at Norham, Northumberland, 1559. He was educated by Bernard Gilpin, by whom he was sent to Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he graduated A.B. in 1580, and A.M. in 1585. He remained in the college as fellow and master until 1616. In 1617 he was made bishop of Llandaff. In 1618 he was sent by James I, with Drs. Hall, Davenant, and Ward, to the Synod of Dort, where he defended episcopacy. On his return, the States sent a letter to king James highly commending him and the rest of the divines for their virtue, learning, piety, and love of peace. He was advanced to the see of Chichester in 1619, of which he continued bishop until his death in 1628. He was a man of solid judgment and various reading, particularly in the fathers and schoolmen; a strenuous opponent of Rome, and a steady Calvinist. He wrote Tithes Examined (Lond. 1611, 4to): — Short Directions to know the true Church (Lond. 1615, 12mo): — Consensus Ecclesice Catholica contra Tridentinos (London, 1613, 8vo): — Heroici Characteres (Oxford, 1603, 4to): — Vita B. Gilpini (in Bates, Collection of Lives, Lond. 1681), and several other works. — Middleton, Evangelical Biography, 2:455; Hook, Eccl. Biography, 3:440; New and General Biog. Dictionary, 3:153.

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