Richard FitzJames
Bishop of London
Appointed5 June 1506
Term ended15 January 1522
PredecessorWilliam Barons
SuccessorCuthbert Tunstall
Consecration21 May 1497
Personal details
Died15 January 1522
DenominationCatholic Church
Previous post(s)Bishop of Rochester
Bishop of Chichester
Coat of arms
Richard FitzJames

Richard FitzJames (died 15 January 1522) was a medieval Bishop of Rochester, Bishop of Chichester and Bishop of London.

FitzJames was principal of St Alban Hall, Oxford from 1477 to 1481[1] and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University in 1481 and 1491.

FitzJames was nominated to the see of Rochester on 2 January 1497 and consecrated on 21 May 1497. He was translated to the see of Chichester on 29 November 1503.[2] He was translated from Chichester to the see of London about 5 June 1506.[3]

The arms he used as Bishop of London are known to have been were depicted in the ceiling of Old St Paul's Cathedral, London[4]

FitzJames died while Bishop of London on 15 January 1522.[5] During his life he had founded a school in Somerset, now called King's School Bruton.


  1. ^ Pocock, Nicholas (1885–1900). "Fitzjames, Richard". Dictionary of National Biography. pp. 180–181.
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 268
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 240
  4. ^ Dingley, Thomas (c. 1680). History from Marble. London. p. 449.
  5. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 259


Academic offices Preceded byJohn Lane, William Sutton Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University 1481 Succeeded byRobert Wrangwais, William Sutton Preceded byJohn Gigur Warden of Merton College, Oxford 1482–1507 Succeeded byThomas Harper Preceded byJohn Coldale Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University 1491 Succeeded byJohn Coldale Catholic Church titles Preceded byThomas Savage Bishop of Rochester 1497–1503 Succeeded byJohn Fisher Preceded byEdward Story Bishop of Chichester 1503–1506 Succeeded byRobert Sherburne Preceded byWilliam Barnes Bishop of London 1506–1522 Succeeded byCuthbert Tunstall