Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Hogarth, William (1786-1866)

HOGARTH, WILLIAM,, D.D. (1786–1866), the first Roman catholic bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, was born on 25 March 1786 at Dodding Green in the valley of Kendal, Westmoreland, where his family had for centuries possessed landed property. He received his education in the college at Crook Hall, Durham, which was subsequently removed to Ushaw, where he became a professor and general prefect. In 1816 he was appointed chaplain at Cliffe Hall, and in 1821 he was transferred to Darlington, where he passed the rest of his life. He was vicar-general to Bishops Briggs, Mostyn, and Riddell. In 1848 he was appointed vicar-apostolic of the northern district, in succession to Dr. Riddell, and was consecrated bishop of Samosata, in partibus, at Ushaw on 24 Aug. When the hierarchy was restored by Pius IX, he was translated on 29 Sept. 1850 to the newly erected see of Hexham (afterwards ‘Hexham and Newcastle’), comprising the counties of Northumberland, Cumberland, Durham, and Westmoreland. He died at Darlington on 29 Jan. 1866, and was buried at St. Cuthbert's College, Ushaw.

[Weekly Register, 3 and 10 Feb. 1866; Times, 31 Jan. 1866; Brady's Episcopal Succession, iii. 346, 347, 357, 410–13; Gillow's Dict. of English Catholics; Gent. Mag. 1866, pt. i. p. 451; Catholic Directory, 1890, p. 141.]

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