William de la Corner

William de la Corner
Bishop of Salisbury
Elected 24 or 25 November 1288
Term ended October 1291
Predecessor Lawrence de Awkeburne
Successor Nicholas Longespee
Other posts Archdeacon of Northumberland
Consecration 8 May 1289
Personal details
Died October 1291
Denomination Catholic

William de la Corner was a medieval Bishop of Salisbury, who fought a long but unsuccessful battle to become Archbishop of Dublin.


Corner was a papal chaplain and proctor as well as a royal envoy. He successively held the offices of prebendary of Teinton Regis and Highworth in the diocese of Salisbury, precentor of the diocese of York, and archdeacon of Northumberland.[1]

In 1271, on the death of Fulk Basset, Corner was nominated as Archbishop of Dublin, but faced a rival candidate in Fromund Le Brun, the Lord Chancellor of Ireland : the result was a long and bitter struggle for the office, which required the personal intervention of the Pope, and ended in 1279 with both candidates being disqualified in favour of John de Derlington.[2]

Corner was an unsuccessful candidate for the bishopric of Salisbury in March 1288, losing out to Lawrence de Awkeburne.[1] After Lawrence's death, William was elected on 24 November 1288 and consecrated on 8 May 1289.

Corner died in October 1291, probably on the 10th.[3]


  1. 1 2 British History Online Bishops of Salisbury accessed on 30 October 2007
  2. D'Alton, John Memoirs of the Archbishops of Dublin Hodges and Smith Dublin 1838 p.103
  3. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 270


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Lawrence de Awkeburne
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
Nicholas Longespee
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