William Dudley
Bishop of Durham
Appointed31 July 1476
Term ended29 November 1483
PredecessorLaurence Booth
SuccessorJohn Sherwood
Consecrationbetween 1 September and 12 October 1476
Personal details
Died29 November 1483

William Dudley (died 1483) was Dean of Windsor and then Bishop of Durham.

Born William Sutton, of Dudley, he was a younger son of John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley.[1] He was made a canon of St George's Chapel, Windsor and Dean of the Chapel Royal in 1471 and elevated to Dean of Windsor in 1473, a position which he held with that of Dean of Wolverhampton: thereafter the two posts were customarily held by the same man.

Dudley was nominated to Durham on 31 July 1476 and was consecrated between 1 September and 12 October 1476. In 1483 he supported Richard, Duke of Gloucester, the future King Richard III, in his bid for the Throne of England.[2] In the last months of his life he was Chancellor of Oxford University.[1] Dudley died on 29 November 1483.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b Loades p. 1
  2. ^ Ross p. 43
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. p. 242
  4. ^ Pollard, A. J. "Dudley, William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/8163. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)


Catholic Church titles Preceded byLaurence Booth Bishop of Durham 1476–1483 Succeeded byJohn Sherwood Academic offices Preceded byLionel Woodville Chancellor of the University of Oxford 1483 Succeeded byJohn Russell