John Young
Bishop of Rochester
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Rochester
Term ended1605 (death)
PredecessorJohn Piers
SuccessorWilliam Barlow
Other post(s)Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
Personal details
Bornc. 1532
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge

John Young (c. 1532 – 1605) was an English academic and bishop.

Early life

He was educated at Mercers' School in London, and graduated BA at the University of Cambridge in 1552.[1] He became a Fellow of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge in 1553, and Master there in 1567. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1569.[2]


He became Bishop of Rochester in 1578, employing Edmund Spenser as secretary for a short time early in his tenure. In The Shepheardes Calender Young appears as Roffy, which abbreviates Roffensis, alluding to his see.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Young, John (YN551J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  3. ^ "Scholarly Resources / Biography | Spenser Online". Archived from the original on 2 January 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  4. ^ A. C. Hamilton, The Spenser Encyclopedia (1997), p. 535.

Further reading

Academic offices Preceded byJohn Whitgift Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge 1567–1578 Succeeded byWilliam Fulke Church of England titles Preceded byJohn Piers Bishop of Rochester 1578–1605 Succeeded byWilliam Barlow