Bishop of London
Lord Chancellor of England
Archbishop of Canterbury
Born: 1450 at Malshanger, Church Oakley, Hampshire
Died: 22nd August 1532 at Hackington, Canterbury, Kent
William Warham was born about 1450, probably at Malshanger in Church Oakley (Hampshire) where his family had lived for several generations. The son of Robert Warham Esq., he was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford. William became an advocate in the Court of Arches, principal of the Civil Law School at Oxford and Master of the Rolls. He also held the livings of Barley and Cottenham and was appointed Precentor of Wells and Archdeacon of Huntingdon. In 1496, he conducted the negotiations for the marriage of Prince Arthur with Catherine of Aragon and was employed from the outset of his career in many diplomatic missions, which led him to Flanders, France, Scotland and perhaps Rome. He became Bishop of London and Keeper of the Great Seal in 1502, which title he exchanged for that of Lord Chancellor when he was promoted to the Primacy the following year. Though he resigned the Great Seal to Wolsey in 1515, he continued to take a leading part in affairs of State.