John Young (bishop of Rochester)

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John Young
Bishop of Rochester
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Rochester
Term ended1605 (death)
PredecessorJohn Piers
SuccessorWilliam Barlow
Other postsMaster of Pembroke College, Cambridge
Personal details
Bornc. 1532
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge

John Young (c. 1532 – 1605) was an English academic and bishop.


He was educated at Mercers' School in London, and graduated BA at the University of Cambridge in 1552.[1] He became a Fellow of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge in 1553, and Master there in 1567. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1569.[2]

He became Bishop of Rochester in 1578, employing Edmund Spenser as secretary for a short time early in his tenure. In The Shepheardes Calender Young appears as Roffy, which abbreviates Roffensis, alluding to his see.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Young, John (YN551J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  3. ^ "Scholarly Resources / Biography | Spenser Online". Archived from the original on 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  4. ^ A. C. Hamilton, The Spenser Encyclopedia (1997), p. 535.

Further reading[edit]

  • Percy W. Long, Spenser and the Bishop of Rochester, PMLA, Vol. 31, No. 4 (1916), pp. 713–735.
  • Alexander Corbin Judson (1935), A biographical sketch of John Young, bishop of Rochester, with emphasis on his relations with Edmund Spenser
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Whitgift
Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
William Fulke
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Piers
Bishop of Rochester
Succeeded by
William Barlow