Richard de Billingford

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Richard de Billingford (died 1432)[1] was Chancellor of the University of Cambridge,[2] holding the position three times, from 1400-1402, 1406-1413 and in 1432.[3]

From 1398 to 1432 he was also Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he endowed a loan chest in which college members could deposit valuable objects as security for loans taken from the chest which would be sold if the loan was not repaid.[2] The extant chest is kept in the Parker Library, Corpus Christi College.[4] He was buried in St Bene't's Church, which was formerly used as the college chapel.[2]

In 1413 as Chancellor he was sent by Henry V to Rome during the Western Schism as part of a delegation to tell the two Popes that unless one would step down, the King would recognise neither.[5]


  1. ^ John Lamb (1831). "Richard de Billingford D.D.". Masters' History of the College of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary in the University Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b c Thomas Wright & Harry Longueville Jones (1841). "Corpus Christi College". The universities. Le Keux's Memorials of Cambridge. 1. Tilt and Bogue, Fleet Street.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ J.R. Tanner, ed. (1917). The historical register of the University of Cambridge, being a supplement to the Calendar with a record of University offices, honours and distinctions to the year 1910. Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ "The Billingford Hutch and the moonwort fern – a medieval mystery solved". University of Cambridge. 2017-12-10. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  5. ^ Charles Henry Cooper (1842). Annals of Cambridge Volume 1.