Bancroft, Richard, born at Farnworth, Lancashire, in 1544, and educated at Cambridge, became rector of St. Andrew's, Holborn, in 1584. He distinguished himself by his violent attacks on the Puritans, and in 1597 was made Bishop of London. He was one of the principal commissioners at the Hampton Court Conference, and on the death of Whitgift was translated to the See of Canterbury. His zeal for uniformity was unbounded, and he deprived forty-nine suspected ministers of their livings. He was the chief overseer of the Authorised Arersion of the Bible, but died in 1610, a few months before its publication.