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Alcock, John

Alcock, John (1430–1500). Ecclesiastical statesman. Born in Beverley, Alcock attended the University of Cambridge and rose rapidly in the church. From 1472 to 1476 he was bishop of Rochester, transferring to Worcester in 1476, and to Ely in 1486. He was in high favour with Edward IV, holding office as master of the rolls, lord chancellor (joint), president of the Council of Wales, and as tutor to Edward, prince of Wales. Henry VII brought him back into service, employing him to baptize Prince Arthur, and appointing him again as lord chancellor and as comptroller of the royal works. Alcock was a benefactor of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and the founder of Jesus College. He is buried in the Alcock chapel in Ely cathedral.

J. A. Cannon

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