Valentine CAREY

(Bishop of Exeter)

Born: ABT 1568, Derbyshire, England

Died: 10 Jun 1626, Drury Lane, London, Middlesex, England

Buried: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Middlesex, England

Married: Dorothy COKE (dau. of Richard Coke and Mary Sacheverell) (sister of Sir John Coke, Secretary of State)

Master of Christ's College, Cambridge, and Dean of St. Paul's, London, was presented to this see by King James I on 14 Sep 1621, and was consecrated by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury on 18 Nov the same year.

His Majesty' preferred him also to the Vicarage of Exminster in commendam on 5 Jul 1624 (Rymer's 'Foedera,' vol. xvii. p. 608). His government was short indeed: dying in his house, Drury Lane, London, on 10 Jun 1626, he was buried in the south aisle of Old St. Paul's Cathedral, and with this inscription: "Hic jacet Valentinus Cary, Sacrĉ Theologiĉ Doctor, olim decanus hujus Ecclesiĉ, qui obiit Eps Exon". A cenotaph "in Memoriam" was placed to his memory in the south part of the Lady Chapel in this cathedral, subsequently removed to its present situation in the north aisle of the choir. Westcote incorrectly states that the Bishop himself was buried here. The silence of the Cathedral Register of Burials disproves his assertion.

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