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JONATHAN SHIPLEY (1714-1788)

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 982 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JONATHAN SHIPLEY (1714-1788), bishop of St Asaph, was educated at Reading and Oxford. He was ordained about 1738, and acted as tutor in the household of the 3rd earl of Peter-borough. In 1743 he became rector of Silchester and Sherborne St John, Hampshire, and prebendary of Winchester. He was appointed to a canonry of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1748, and in 176o to the deanery of Winchester and the living of Chilbolton, Hampshire, which he held in addition to his earlier preferments. In 1769 he was consecrated successively bishop of Llandaff and of St Asaph. He was much concerned with politics, and joined the Whig party in strong opposition to the policy of George III. towards the American colonies. In 1779 he was the only bishop to advocate the abolition of all laws against Protestant dissenters. He died on the 6th of December 1788. His brother, William Shipley (1714-1803), originated the Society of Arts; and his son, William Davies Shipley (1745-1826), became dean of St Asaph.
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