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Archbishop Sterne.
Memorial to Archbishop Richard Sterne in the north choir aisle of York Minster by Grinling Gibbons.

Richard Sterne (c. 1596–1683) was a Church of England priest, Archbishop of York from 1664 to 1683.

He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated MA in 1618, BD in 1625 and DD in 1635.[1] He was elected a fellow of Benet College (now Corpus Christi College), Cambridge in 1623 and then served as Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1634.

In c.1633, Sterne became chaplain to Archbishop Laud. From 1642 he held the rectories of Yeovilton and Harleton. A Royalist, he was arrested and imprisoned by the Parliamentarians later the same year. In 1644 he was formally dismissed as Master of Jesus and in 1645 he lost his rectories, although he was released from prison.

At the Restoration in 1660, Sterne was appointed Bishop of Carlisle, from where he was translated to York in 1664. He is said to have been one of those who assisted in revising the Book of Common Prayer in 1662. He also assisted Brian Walton with the English Polyglot Bible and himself wrote Summa Logicae (published posthumously in 1685). He founded scholarships at both Corpus Christi and Jesus Colleges.

His great-grandson Laurence Sterne attended Jesus College, Cambridge, and would find literary fame in the 1760s as author of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent. and live as a curate and parson in Yorkshire.

References

  1. ^ "Sterne, Richard (STN611R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
William Beale
Master of Jesus College, Cambridge
1634–1644
Succeeded by
Thomas Young
Preceded by
John Worthington
Master of Jesus College, Cambridge
1660-1655
Succeeded by
John Pearson
Church of England titles
Preceded by
James Ussher
vacancy from 1643
Bishop of Carlisle
1660–1664
Succeeded by
Edward Rainbowe
Preceded by
Accepted Frewen
Archbishop of York
1664–1683
Succeeded by
John Dolben


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Richard Sterne, who was educated at Cambridge, was in the reign of Charles I. master of Jesus college in that university, and chaplain to archbishop Laud. Upon the commencement of the civil war, when the king's necessities were very urgent, he, and several others of the heads of houses, were very instrumental in sending the Cambridge plate to his majesty to be coined for his use. This gave great offence to Cromwell, who seized Dr. Sterne, Dr. Beale, master of St. John's College, and Dr. Martin, master of Queen's, and carried them to London; where they were imprisoned for a year, and afterwards sent on board a ship at Wapping, put under hatches, and treated with great inhumanity. A little before the execution of his good friend and patron, the archbishop, he was permitted to attend him, and performed the last offices for him on the scaffold. He lived in great obscurity till the Restoration, when he returned to his mastership of Jesus College which he held till he was made bishop of Carlisle. He was afterwards translated to York. He was a man of worth, and of good abilities as an author. He compiled a system of logic, and wrote a comment upon the 103d Psalm. He gave 1850 l. toward the re-building of St. Paul's church. Ob. 18 June, 1683, Æt. 87.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.

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