Nicholas Clagett

Nicholas Clagett (born 1685/6, died 1746) was an English bishop.


Claggett was from a clerical family of Bury St Edmunds. He went up to Trinity College, Cambridge aged 16 in April 1702, graduating B.A. in 1705-6, M.A. in 1709 and D.D. in 1724.[1]

He was appointed Archdeacon of Buckingham on 1 September 1722. After this he became Dean of Rochester on 8 February 1724, succeeding on the death of Samuel Pratt, and was elected bishop of St. David's, congé d'élire issued on 17 December 1731. He was allowed to hold in commendam the rectories of Shobrooke and of Overton in the diocese of Winchester. On 2 August 1742 he was translated, becoming Bishop of Exeter. He died on 8 Dec. 1746, and was buried at St. Margaret's, Westminster, with no epitaph.


He published Articles of Enquiry for the Archdeaconry of Buckingham, 1732, and eleven sermons. One was preached before the House of Lords on the anniversary of Charles I's martyrdom, another on the consecration of Bishop White. A Persuasive to an ingenuous trial of Opinions in Religion (1685), sometimes ascribed to him, belongs rather to his father.


He was son of Nicholas Clagett the Younger, minister at Bury St. Edmunds, and nephew of the preacher William Clagett, both sons of the Puritan Nicholas Clagett the elder.


  1. "Clagett, Nicholas (CLGT702N)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Elias Sydall
Bishop of St David's
Succeeded by
Edward Willes
Preceded by
Stephen Weston
Bishop of Exeter
Succeeded by
George Lavington
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