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James Turberville
(c.1495-1559)

Bishop of Exeter
Born: c.1495 at Bere, Dorset
Died: 1st November 1570


James was the son of John Turberville and his wife, Sarah Cheverell, of that famous West Country family from Bere in Dorset. He was Queen Mary's Catholic Bishop of Exeter, appointed in 1555, was "very gentle and courteous, of a good house most zealous in the Romish Re-ligion and yet nothing cruel nor bloody." The death of Agnes Priest, one of only two "martyrs" in the diocese for the sake of religion, was attributed, and justly according to Fuller, far more to Blackstone, the Bishop's chancellor, than to Turberville himself. She was condemned on the usual question of transubstantiation, and burnt in Southernhay, without the walls of Exeter, in November 1558. Bishop Turberville was deprived of his See upon the accession of the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I in 1559.

Edited from Richard John King's "Handbook to the Cathedrals of England: Southern Division" (1903).