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Benedict
(Died c.1160)

Abbot of Whitby
Died: c.1160


Benedict became Abbot of Whitby in 1139. He was, however, very unpopular, partially from being a foreigner, but chiefly for his nepotism, reckless management and squandering of the revenues. A complaint was laid before Archbishop Murdac of his misgovernment and, in 1148, the latter summoned him and his accusers to appear before a special chapter at Beverley. Here, he resigned, or was deposed, and spent the remainder of his life at the church in Fishergate, York, which belonged to the abbey.

Edited from Frederick Ross' "The Ruined Abbeys of Britain".

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