(1693–1757), Abp. of Canterbury. A native of Wisbech, he was educated at Jesus and Corpus Christi Colleges, Cambridge, where he early won fame as a preacher. After holding many ecclesiastical appointments he was promoted to the see of Bangor in 1737. In 1743 he was translated to York, where he was energetic in defence of the government during the 1745 revolt. In 1747 he became Abp. of Canterbury but did little of note there. In his religious outlook he was a Latitudinarian without theological interests. His chief claim to fame is his episcopal Visitation Returns for 1743, which are an important document for the religious history of his times.
From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.