Accepted Frewen
Archbishop of York
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DioceseDiocese of York
Term ended1664
PredecessorJohn Williams
SuccessorRichard Sterne
Other post(s)Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (1644–1646 & 1660)
Dean of Gloucester (1631–1644)
Consecrationc. 1644
Personal details
Died(1664-03-28)28 March 1664
Bishopthorpe, West Riding of Yorkshire
ParentsJohn Frewen
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
Monument in York Minster
Monument in York Minster

Accepted Frewen (baptized 26 May 1588 – 28 March 1664) was a priest in the Church of England and Archbishop of York from 1660 to 1664.


Frewen was born at Northiam, in Sussex, the son of John Frewen who was the rector there. The unusual forename is an example of the type of puritan name not uncommon in the area in the late sixteenth century; his brother was called Thankful Frewen.[1] He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he became a Fellow in 1612.[2] Anthony Wood describes him as being at that time "puritanically enclin'd".[3] In 1617 and 1621 the college allowed him to act as chaplain to Sir John Digby, ambassador in Spain. In Madrid he preached a sermon that pleased Prince Charles, afterwards Charles I, who, on his accession, appointed him one of his chaplains.[4]

In 1625 he became canon of Canterbury Cathedral and Vice-President of Magdalen College, and in the following year he was elected president. He was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University in 1628 and 1629, and again in 1638 and 1639. In 1631 he was appointed (additionally) Dean of Gloucester. It was mainly by his instrumentality that the University plate was sent to the king at York in 1642.[4]

Two years later (in 1644) he was consecrated Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, and resigned his presidency (and deanery). He was deprived of his See by Parliament on 9 October 1646, as episcopacy was abolished for the duration of the Commonwealth and the Protectorate.[5][6] Parliament declared his estates forfeited for treason in 1652, and Cromwell afterwards set a price on his head. The proclamations, however, designated him Stephen Frewen, and he was consequently able to escape into France. At the Restoration in 1660, he was restored to the See of Lichfield and Coventry, reappeared in public, and later the same year was elected Archbishop of York; he took that see by the confirmation of his election on 4 October 1660.[7] In 1661 he acted as chairman of the Savoy conference.[4]


  1. ^ Fincham, Kenneth; Lake, Peter (2006). Religious politics in post-reformation England. Boydell & Brewer. pp. 113–4. ISBN 978-1-84383-253-9. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Frewen, Accepted (FRWN616A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Antony (1865). The Worthies of Sussex. Lewes. p. 50. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Frewen, Accepted". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 11 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 210.
  5. ^ Plant, David (2002). "Episcopalians". BCW Project. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  6. ^ King, Peter (July 1968). "The Episcopate during the Civil Wars, 1642–1649". The English Historical Review. Oxford University Press. 83 (328): 523–537. doi:10.1093/ehr/lxxxiii.cccxxviii.523. JSTOR 564164.
  7. ^ "Frewen, Accepted". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/10179. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
Academic offices Preceded byWilliam Langton President of Magdalen College, Oxford 1626–1644 Succeeded byJohn Oliver Preceded byWilliam Juxon Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University 1628–1630 Succeeded byWilliam Smyth Church of England titles Preceded byGeorge Warburton Dean of Gloucester 1631–1644 Succeeded byWilliam Brough Preceded byRobert Wright Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry 1644–1646 & 1660 Succeeded byJohn Hacket Preceded byJohn Williams Archbishop of York 1660–1664 Succeeded byRichard Sterne