Benjamin Lany

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Benjamin Lany

Bishop of Ely
Bp Benjamin Laney.png
DioceseDiocese of Ely
In office1667–1675
PredecessorPeter Gunning
SuccessorMatthew Wren
Other postsBishop of Peterborough (1660–1663)
Bishop of Lincoln (1663–1667)
Personal details
Born1591 (1591)
Died24 January 1675(1675-01-24) (aged 84)
BuriedEly Cathedral
Alma materChrist's College, Cambridge
Monument to Bishop Benjamin Laney in Ely Cathedral

Benjamin Lany FRS (or Laney; 1 January 1591 – 24 January 1675) was an English academic and bishop.[1]

Early life[edit]

The son of John Laney,[2] Benjamin Lany was born in Ipswich.[3] He entered Christ's College, Cambridge in 1608, graduating B.A. 1612, M.A. 1615, B.D. 1622, D.D. 1630. He became a Fellow of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge in 1616.[4]

Career (pre Civil War)[edit]

He was ordained on 21 February 1619. After a curacy at Madingley he held livings at Hambledon, Hampshire, Bishops Waltham and Buriton.[5] He was also Chaplain to the Bishop of Winchester from 1628.[6] He became Master of Pembroke in 1630; and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1632.

Civil War years[edit]

In 1643 Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester and Simeon Ashe led a visitation to the University on behalf of Parliament. This saw Lany deprived of his position. He went into exile with the future Charles II of England.[7]

Career (post Civil War)[edit]

After the Restoration of 1660, he became Dean of Rochester in July 1660, Bishop of Peterborough in December 1660,[8] Bishop of Lincoln in May 1663,[9] and Bishop of Ely[10] from 1667.[7]

He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1666.[4]


  1. ^ Pepys Diary
  2. ^ J.J.C. (1981). "Laney, John (d.1633), of Cratfield and Ipswich, Suff.". In Hasler, P. W. (ed.). The House of Commons 1558-1603. The History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  3. ^ Soham Town Forum
  4. ^ a b "Laney, Benjamin (LNY608B)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. ^ A History of Christianity in Petersfield, Leaton, E. (ed.) (2001, Petersfield, Petersfield Area Historical Society: Monograph Number 4 p17) ISSN 0262-5970
  6. ^ "English Historical Facts, 1603-1688" Cook,C./ Wroughton,J. p139: London, Macmillan, 1980 ISBN 978-1-349-02676-0
  7. ^ a b Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  8. ^ Peterborough Cathedral: History of the See
  9. ^ British History on-line
  10. ^ Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857: Volume 7, Ely, Norwich, Westminster and Worcester Dioceses
Academic offices
Preceded by
Jerome Beale
Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Richard Vines
Preceded by
Thomas Comber
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Richard Love
Preceded by
William Moses
Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Mark Franck
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Turner
vacant from 1644
Dean of Rochester
July 1660–December 1660
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Hardy
Preceded by
John Towers
vacant from 1649
Bishop of Peterborough
Succeeded by
Joseph Henshaw
Preceded by
Robert Sanderson
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
William Fuller
Preceded by
Matthew Wren
Bishop of Ely
Succeeded by
Peter Gunning