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William Bytton the Elder
(Died 1264)

Bishop of Bath & Wells
Died: 3rd April 1264


William Bytton Senior, a member of a knightly family settled at the village of that name in the neighbourhood of Bath, became Bishop of Bath & Wells in 1248. He was sent, in 1253 to Spain, in order to negotiate the marriage between Prince Edward, afterwards Edward I, and the Princess Eleanor of Castile. He is principally remarkable, however, for the long row of Byttons which he succeeded in affixing to the various dignities of Wells. More than half-a-dozen of his relatives were thus provided for. His tomb remains at the north-east corner of St. Catherine's Chapel in Wells Cathedral.

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

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