John Conybeare was born on 31 January 1692 at Pinhoe near Exeter, where his father was vicar. He died of gout on 13 July 1755 and was buried in Bristol Cathedral. He was educated at Exeter Free School and Exeter College, Oxford, to which he was admitted in 1708. He was elected a Fellow of the College in 1710 and graduated BA in 1713 and MA in 1716 (BD, 1728; DD, 1730). He was ordained deacon in 1714 and priest two years later, and was rector of St Clement's, Oxford from 1724 to 1734. In 1730 he became Rector of Exeter College. Three years later Edmund Gibson helped him secure the richer position of Dean of Christ Church. In 1750 Conybeare succeeded Joseph Butler as Bishop of Bristol, holding both posts until his death.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.