Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Chamberlain, George

CHAMBERLAIN or CHAMBERLAYNE, GEORGE, D.D. (1576–1634), bishop of Ypres, was the second son of George Chamberlain, and grandson of Sir Leonard Chamberlain or Chamberlayne [q. v.] He was born in 1576 at Ghent, where his father, a catholic exile, had settled. In 1599 he was admitted into the English college at Rome, where he was ordained priest. He became canon, archdeacon, and dean of St. Bavon in Ghent, and in 1626 succeeded, on the death of Anthony de Hennin, to the bishopric of Ypres. About that time his family resided at Shirburn in Oxfordshire. The estates having fallen to an heiress, she married John Neville, lord Abergavenny, and, Dr. Chamberlain, being the next heir male, came to England, not so much to put up his claim as to resign it, in order to confirm the title of the heiress, and to exclude pretenders. He governed his diocese till his death, on 19 Dec. 1634. He composed some poems and religious pieces in Latin.

[Sweertuis's Athenæ Belgicæ, 273; Wood's Athenæ Oxon. (Bliss). i. 585; Dodd's Church Hist. pt. 75; Foley's Records, vi. 213.]

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