Markham, William, Dcl

Markham, William, D.C.L.

archbishop of York, was born in Ireland in 1719, but was brought to England in his infancy, and at an early age entered Westminster School. He was afterwards sent to Christ Church College, Oxford, where he obtained the degree of M.A. in 1745. In 1750 he was appointed to the office of high master of Westminster School, the duties of which be discharged with great industry and success for about fourteen years. In 1759 he was made a prebendary of Durham, in 1764 resigned his mastership of Westminster, and in the following year was preferred to the deanery of Rochester, which, in 1767, he vacated for that of Christ Church. In 1771 he was consecrated bishop of Chester, and in 1777 translated to the archiepiscopal see of York, from which he was removed by death, November 3, 1807. The virtues of this distinguished prelate were of a most benevolent and amiable kind. With great learning he was modest; and though raised to the highest station he was meek and humble. See (Lond.) Annual Register, 1807, page 789.

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