Henry Marshal (bishop of Exeter)

Henry Marshal (died 1206) was a medieval Bishop of Exeter.

Henry Marshal
Bishop of Exeter
Appointedc. 10 February 1194
Term ended1206
PredecessorJohn the Chanter
SuccessorSimon de Apulia
Other postsDean of York
Consecrationc. 28 March 1194
by Hubert Walter
Personal details
BuriedExeter Cathedral


Marshal was a younger son of John Marshal and Sybilla, the sister of the earl of Salisbury, Patrick. This made him a younger brother of William Marshal, the advisor to Kings Henry II, Richard I, John and Henry III. Henry probably owed his appointment as Dean of York to his brother, and he took office as dean on 15 September 1189. He had only been consecrated a deacon that day. As Dean, he quarrelled with his superior, Geoffrey, Archbishop of York, and also served as a royal justice.[1]

In 1194, probably owing the patronage of his brother, as well as Hubert Walter, who was Archbishop of Canterbury, Marshal was selected to fill the see of Exeter which had been vacant since 1191.[1] He was nominated about 10 February 1194 and consecrated about 28 March 1194[2] at Canterbury by Hubert Walter.[1] While bishop, he gave to his cathedral chapter and built churches in his diocese. He supposedly finished the construction of Exeter Cathedral.[1]

Marshal died in 1206, possibly on 1 November.[2] His tomb in Exeter Cathedral is still extant and has the bishop's effigy on it.[1][3]


  1. Barlow "Marshal, Henry" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 246
  3. Bartlett England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings p. 599


  • Barlow, Frank (2004). "Marshal, Henry (d. 1206)" ((subscription or UK public library membership required)). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (May 2007 revised ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/94379. Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  • Bartlett, Robert C. (2000). England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings: 1075–1225. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-822741-8.
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John the Chanter
Bishop of Exeter
Succeeded by
Simon de Apulia

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