Officials: Bucksey, Nicholas


Occasionally presided over Chester Consistory Court as commissary


Commissary of George Wilmesley who was official principal of the Chester Consistory Court, occasionally presiding over the court as deputy even following Wilmesley’s removal from office in 1556

Qualifications: Canon Burne gives Bucksey the qualification of M.A. but I have not been able to find any details of an academic career.

Career: Benedictine monk of St Werburgh’s Abbey in Chester; prior of St Werburgh’s until its surrender in January 1540; appointed to the second prebend in the foundation charter of the new cathedral August 1541; treasurer of the cathedral

Further notes: Retained his position in the diocese through the religious changes of the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth I. He continued to preside over the consistory court occasionally until at least March 1561(CALS EDC 1/16, f. 59v) and the appointment of Robert Leche.


R. V. H. Burne, Chester Cathedral from its Founding by Henry VIII to the Accession of Queen Victoria (London, 1958).

 Christopher Haigh, ‘A Mid-Tudor Ecclesiastical Official: the Curious Career of George Wilmesley’, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 122 (1971 for 1970), pp. 1-24.

A P Baggs, Ann J Kettle, S J Lander, A T Thacker and David Wardle, ‘Houses of Benedictine monks: The abbey of Chester’, in A History of the County of Chester: Volume 3, ed. C R Elrington and B E Harris (London, 1980), pp. 132-146. British History Online [accessed 1 January 2023].

‘Henry VIII: August 1541, 21-31’, in Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 16, 1540-1541, ed. James Gairdner and R H Brodie (London, 1898), pp. 524-537. British History Online [accessed 31 December 2022].

Joyce M Horn, David M Smith and Patrick Mussett, ‘Canons of Chester’, in Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857: Volume 11, Carlisle, Chester, Durham, Manchester, Ripon, and Sodor and Man Dioceses (London, 2004), pp. 50-63. British History Online [accessed 1 January 2023].