John Jegon

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John Jegon
Bishop of Norwich
Bp John Jegon.jpg
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Norwich
Installedc. 1603
Term endedc. 1617
PredecessorWilliam Redman
SuccessorJohn Overall
Other postsDean of Norwich (1601–1603)
Consecrationc. 1603
Personal details
Died(1618-03-13)13 March 1618
ResidenceAylsham, Norfolk
SpouseDorothy Vaughan
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge

John Jegon (1550 – 13 March 1618) was an English academic and Bishop of Norwich. He supported uniformity of Anglican doctrine and worship, and strong government.[1] This led him into conflict with John Robinson, later pastor to the Mayflower emigrants.[2] On the other hand, he made efforts to satisfy local Puritans by the appointment of preachers in his diocese.[3] Nicholas Bownd dedicated to him a work on doctrine of Sabbath.[4]

Education and academic career[edit]

He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. and became a Fellow in 1572, and was then at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he became Master in 1590.[5][6] His pupils included both Roger Manners and Francis Manners, Earls of Rutland.[7] He had a long correspondence with their mother Elizabeth, widow of John Manners, 4th Earl of Rutland.[8]

He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, from 1596 to 1598. As Vice-Chancellor he attempted to discipline John Rudd.[9]

Clerical career[edit]

He became Dean of Norwich in 1601, with the recommendation of John Whitgift.[10] Two years later he was appointed as Bishop there. He resided in Aylsham.[11]


He married Dorothy, daughter of Richard Vaughan. On his death she married the diplomat Sir Charles Cornwallis.[12]


  1. ^ Ian Atherton, Norwich Cathedral: Church, City, and Diocese, 1096-1996 (1996), p. 513.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2009-01-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Susan Doran, Princes, Pastors and People: The Church and Religion in England, 1500-1700 (2003), p. 166.
  4. ^ Francis J. Bremer, Tom Webster, Puritans and Puritanism in Europe and America: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia (2006), p. 27.
  5. ^ "Jegon, John (JGN567J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  6. ^ Dictionary of National Biography
  7. ^[unreliable source]
  8. ^ Kenneth Charlton, Women, Religion and Education in Early Modern England (1999), p. 223.
  9. ^
  10. ^ Ian Atherton, Norwich Cathedral: Church, City, and Diocese, 1096-1996 (1996), p. 523.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2007-06-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Copcot
Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Thomas Jegon
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Dove
Deans of Norwich
Succeeded by
George Montgomery
Preceded by
William Redman
Bishop of Norwich
Succeeded by
John Overall