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William De Kirkham
(Died 1304)

Abbot of Whitby
Died: 1304


William De Kirkham became Abbot of Whitby in 1278. He was summoned to Parliament throughout most of the reign of King Edward I. In 1280, Robert, Bishop of Carlisle, the violent persecutor and scourge of Whitby, died. He was succeeded by Ralf Irton, a native of Seamer, who reversed all his predecessor had done and granted, to the Abbot, a Charter confirming him and the convent in the possession of Crosby Ravensworth Church.

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

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