Robert Lamb (bishop)

Robert Lamb (c.1703 - 3 Nov 1769) was an English churchman, bishop of Peterborough from 1764.


He was son of Matthew Lamb of London, and nephew of Peniston Lamb, who left him a fortune, as did his father, a prosperous attorney.[1] He was educated at Enfield, Middlesex under Robert Uvedale, and matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1721. He graduated LL.B. in 1726 and LL.D. in 1728

He was ordained in 1727, and became vicar of Hather and Keelby, in Lincolnshire, 1727. He was Dean of Peterborough from 1744 to 1764.[2] He was rector of Peakirk with Glinton, Northamptonshire, from 1747 to 1763, and then of Hatfield, Hertfordshire from 1763. In 1758 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society.

He was elected Bishop of Peterborough in 1764.[3] He died at Hatfield rectory and was buried there. He was unmarried, and his younger brother Sir Matthew Lamb, 1st Baronet of Brocket Hall inherited his estate.



  1. George R. Taylor, English Political Portraits of the Nineteenth Century (1977), pp. 104-5.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Terrick
Bishop of Peterborough
Succeeded by
John Hinchliffe
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