An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Hugh of Lincoln

(c. 1140-Nov. 16, 1200). Friend of the oppressed, especially lepers and Jews. He was born at Avalon in Burgundy. With his father, he entered a priory of Austin Canons at Villarbenoit, where he received his education. In 1160 he became a monk in the strict Carthusian Order at Grande Chartreuse. Hugh became the procurator of the monastery in 1170. In 1175 King Henry II of England invited him to come to Witham, Somersetshire, to establish the first Carthusian house in England. Hugh was chosen Bishop of Lincoln in an open election. He was consecrated on Sept. 21, 1186. He remained in this position until his death. He never permitted encroachments upon his ecclesiastical rights and consistently refused the demands of Kings Henry II, Richard, and John. Hugh was canonized in 1220, the first Carthusian to receive this honor. His tomb was an important pilgrimage site until it was dismantled during the Reformation. He is commemorated in the Episcopal calendar of the church year on Nov. 17.

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