Bramhall, John, prelate, was born in 1594. Educated at Cambridge, he was in 1634 appointed Bishop of Derry, having gone to Ireland in 1633 as Wentworth's chaplain. He recovered large sums for the Church, and was very unpopular with the Catholics. In 1641 he had to flee to England, in 1644 to the Continent. At the Restoration he was raised to the archbishopric of Armagh, which he held till his death in 1663. He is chiefly known through his ineffective arguments against Hobbes on the questions of necessity and free will.