John Green (1706 – 25 April 1779) was an English clergyman and academic.

Portrait of John Green
Portrait of John Green


Green was born at Beverley in Yorkshire in 1706. Having been schooled in his home town, he was admitted to St John's College, Cambridge in 1724.[1] Green graduated B.A. in 1728 and was awarded a fellowship in 1730.[2] He was ordained in 1731 and became vicar of Hinxton, Cambridgeshire. He was eventually made domestic chaplain to the Duke of Somerset, who was chancellor of the University of Cambridge.[3] In 1748, the Duke died and was succeeded by the Duke of Newcastle[3] who quickly saw to it that Green was appointed Regius Professor of Divinity, the most senior chair in the university.

In 1750, Green was appointed as master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge despite the fact he had no links with the college. In 1756 he became Dean of Lincoln, at which point he resigned the professorship. He was vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge between 1756 and 1757.[4]

Through Newcastle,[5] Green was appointed Bishop of Lincoln in 1761[6] and he resigned his other ecclesiastical appointments and then in 1764 the Mastership of Corpus.

Green campaigned against the Methodists, writing two pamphlets called "The Principles and Practices of Methodists Considered",[7] but was dissuaded from writing a third by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Secker.

He began to lose the approval of the court when he voted in favour of a bill in the House of Lords for the relief of Protestant dissenters.[8] The King, George III is reported to have said “Green, Green, he shall never be translated”.[9]

He was never promoted again and died unmarried in Bath on 25 April 1779.


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  2. ^ "Green, John (GRN724J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ a b "Vice-Chancellor's Office". Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Vice-Chancellor's Office". Archived from the original on 21 February 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  5. ^ Taylor, Stephen (1992). ""The fac totum in ecclesiastic affairs"? The duke of Newcastle and the crown's ecclesiastical patronage". Albion. Appalachian State University. 24: 409–433. doi:10.2307/4050944. ISSN 0095-1390. JSTOR 4050944.
  6. ^ "Bishops of Lincoln". Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  7. ^ Green, John (1 January 1760). "The principles and practices of the Methodists considered [electronic resource], in some letters to the leaders of that sect. The first addressed to the Reverend Mr. B-e. Wherein are some remarks on his two letters to a clergyman in Nottinghamshire". printed for W. Bristow. Retrieved 8 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Full text of "Memoir of Caleb Parnham, B.D. sometime fellow and tutor of St. John's college, Cambridge, and rector of Ufford-cum-Bainton, Yorkshire"". Retrieved 8 June 2016.