Osbaldistan, Richard an English prelate of note, was born near the opening of the 18th century. He was educated at Oxford, and, even after entering the Church, taught for a while. He was at one time master of Westminster School. While in this position he was found to entertain contempt for high ecclesiastical authorities (see Perry, Ch. Hist. 1:536, 537), and he was obliged to flee from the country. Later we find Osbaldistan in the deanery of York, and in 1747 he was elevated to the bishopric of Carlisle, from which he was transferred to London in 1762. He died in 1764. He published several Sermons (Lond. 1723, 1748, 1752).