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BARNET, JOHN (d. 1373), bishop successively of Worcester, Bath and Wells, and Ely, was chaplain to Thomas Lisle, who occupied the latter see from 1345 to 1361. He was collated to the prebend of Chamberlain Wood in the church of St. Paul in 1347, and to the prebend of Wolvey in the church of Lichfield in 1354. This latter prebend he exchanged for the archdeaconry of London. He was summoned to parliament in 1359. In 1362 he was, by virtue of the pope's bull of provision, consecrated bishop of Worcester; the next year he was made treasurer of England, and by another papal provision (24 Nov.) translated to Bath and Wells. By another bull, dated 15 Dec. 1366, he was translated to Ely. He resigned the office of treasurer of England in 1370. His death occurred at Bishop's Hatfield, Hertfordshire, on 7 June 1373, but his body was conveyed to Ely and buried in the cathedral on the south side of the high altar. A handsome monument of grey marble, with his effigies engraved on brass (now torn off), was there erected to his memory.

[Godwin's Cat. of the Bishops of England (1615), 273, copy in Brit. Mus. with manuscript notes; Godwin, De Præsulibus (Richardson), 265; Bentham's Ely (1812), 148, 163, 164, 165, 287; Wharton's Anglia Sacra, i. 664; Rymer's Fœdera (1708), vi. 539; Addit. MS. 6165, p. 157; Chambers's Illustr. of Worcestershire Biog. 24; Cassan's Bishops of Bath and Wells, 170–174; Le Neve's Fasti (Hardy), i. 138, 336, 640, ii. 321, 374, iii. 58.]

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