Robert Snoden or Snowden (Mansfield, unknown date – London, 1621) was an English bishop.[1]


He was born in Mansfield Woodhouse, the third son of Ralph Snoden. In May 1580 he matriculated as a sizar at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1583, M.A. in 1586, B.D 1593.[2] He became a Fellow of Christ's in 1589, rector of Harby, Leicestershire, in 1596 and of Hickling, Nottinghamshire in 1598.[3] The same year, he received the degree of Doctor of Divinity.[4]

Snoden became a chaplain to James I in 1614, and was appointed as Bishop of Carlisle in 1616. This was attributed to the influence of George Villiers.[5] Snoden found his diocese poverty-stricken rather than troublesome, as he wrote to the king.[6] He died in London.[3][7][8]


  1. ^ William Hutchinson The history and antiquities of the city of Carlisle - 1796 Page 48 "His successor EPISCOPUS XXXVI. Robert Snowden, was a Nottinghamshire, man by birth : he was consecrated bishop of Carlisle, in November 1616. "
  2. ^ "Snoden, Robert (SNDN580R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ a b John Peile, Biographical register of Christ's College 1505-1905 and of the earlier foundation, God's House 1448-1505 (1913), p. 159.
  4. ^ John Venn, J. A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Vol. IV (Cambridge University Press, 1927), p. 119
  5. ^ Claire Cross -Patronage and Recruitment in the Tudor and Early Stuart Church 1996 "Dr Kenneth Fincham has identified some thirty Jacobean bishops for whom this is true, including Robert Snowden and Lewis Bayley of those formerly in Prince Henry's service in 1610 and both Abbot brothers, Lancelot Andrewes, Richard ...
  6. ^ "Images of Cumbria - Diocesan Histories : Carlisle".
  7. ^ CCED page
  8. ^ Peter Linehan St John's College, Cambridge: A History - 2011 - Page 132 "Robert Snowden, bishop of Carlisle, an undergraduate at Christ's during the 1580s, recommended his eldest son to Owen Gwyn, not only for his 'ingenious and studious aptnes to any part of book-learning' but also for his 'skill in vocall and ..."