Richard Beadon

Bishop of Bath and Wells
Richard Beadon by Lemuel Francis Abbott
DioceseDiocese of Bath and Wells
In office1802–1824
PredecessorCharles Moss
SuccessorGeorge Henry Law
Other post(s)Bishop of Gloucester (1789–1802)
Personal details
Born(1737-04-15)15 April 1737
Died21 April 1824(1824-04-21) (aged 87)
EducationBlundell's School
Alma materSt John's College, Cambridge

Richard Beadon (15 April 1737 – 21 April 1824) was Master of Jesus College, Cambridge 1781–1789 and later Vice-Chancellor of the University, Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Bath and Wells.


Beadon was born at Pinkworthy in Devon, son of the Rev. Robert Beadon, Rector of Oakford. He was educated at Blundell's School and admitted to St John's College, Cambridge in 1754. He was eighth Wrangler and Senior Chancellor's Medallist in 1758.[1]

He married Rachel, granddaughter of Bishop Gooch, of Ely, and had one son, Richard. He was also the uncle of Frederick Beadon.

It is said he was admirable both as Master and Vice-Chancellor, and a very handsome man. His portrait survives in the College.



  1. ^ "Beadon, Richard (BDN754R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
Academic offices Preceded byWilliam Barford Cambridge University Orator 1768–1778 Succeeded byWilliam Pearce Preceded byLynford Caryl Master of Jesus College, Cambridge 1781–1789 Succeeded byWilliam Pearce Church of England titles Preceded bySamuel Hallifax Bishop of Gloucester 1789–1802 Succeeded byGeorge Huntingford Preceded byCharles Moss Bishop of Bath and Wells 1802–1824 Succeeded byGeorge Henry Law