Simon Montacute
Bishop of Ely
Appointed14 March 1337
Term ended20 June 1345
PredecessorJohn Hotham
SuccessorThomas de Lisle
Consecration8 May 1334
Personal details
Died20 June 1345
Previous post(s)Bishop of Worcester

Simon Montacute (died 1345) was a medieval Bishop of Worcester and Bishop of Ely.

Montacute was the third son of William Montagu, 2nd Baron Montagu (d. 18 October 1319), by Elizabeth Montfort (d. August 1354), daughter of Sir Piers Montfort of Beaudesert, Warwickshire. He had two elder brothers, John, who died in August 1317, and William Montagu, 1st Earl of Salisbury, and a younger brother, Edward Montagu, 1st Baron Montagu, who married Alice of Norfolk, daughter of Thomas of Brotherton and granddaughter of Edward I.[1][2][3][4][5] Among his seven sisters were Elizabeth, Prioress of Halliwell,[6][7] and Maud and Isabel, successively Abbesses of Barking from 1341 to 1358.[6]

Montacute was nominated to the see of Worcester on 11 December 1333 and consecrated on 8 May 1334.[8] and was then translated to the see of Ely on 14 March 1337. As bishop of Ely, he was involved in the foundation of Peterhouse, Cambridge, being largely responsible for an early set of statutes for the college.[9] He died on 20 June 1345.[8]


  1. ^ Waugh 2004.
  2. ^ Richardson II 2011, pp. 634–5.
  3. ^ Cokayne 1936, pp. 82, 84.
  4. ^ Gross 2004.
  5. ^ Ormrod 2004.
  6. ^ a b Robertson & 1893-5, pp. 96–7.
  7. ^ Sturman, Winnifred M., Barking Abbey: A Study in its External and Internal Administration from the Conquest to the Dissolution, PhD thesis, University of London, 1961, pp. 375, 382, 400-1, 404 Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  8. ^ a b Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  9. ^ 'The colleges and halls: Peterhouse', A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 3: The City and University of Cambridge (1959), pp. 334–340. URL: Date accessed: 2 July 2008.


Catholic Church titles Preceded byAdam de Orlton Bishop of Worcester 1333–1337 Succeeded byThomas Hemenhale Preceded byJohn Hotham Bishop of Ely 1337–1345 Succeeded byThomas de Lisle