HINCHLIFFE, JOHN, son of Joseph Hinchliffe, Swallow Street, Westminster, livery stable keeper, and Elizabeth Mantle; b.; adm. (aged 9) Jul 1741; KS 1746; elected to Trinity Coll. Cambridge 1750, adm. pens. 14 Jun 1750, scholar 26 Apr 1751, matr. 1750/1; BA 1754; MA 1757; DD 1764; Minor Fellow, Trinity Coll. 2 Oct 1755, Major Fellow 6 Jul 1757; ordained deacon 28 Dec 1756, priest 19 May 1757 (both Ely); Usher at the School by 1755, apparently holding appointment for seven years; travelling tutor to his future brother-in-law John Crewe, 1st Baron Crewe (qv), on Grand Tour in Germany, Italy and Switzerland 1761-3; Head Master, Westminster School 8 Mar – Jun 1764, resigning on grounds of health; tutor to William, 5th Duke of Devonshire 1764-6; he had made the friendship of Augustus, 3rd Duke of Grafton, the future Prime Minister, when in Italy in 1762, and he owed his principal subsequent preferments to him; Vicar of Greenwich, Kent 1766-9; Master of Trinity Coll. Cambridge 16 Feb 1768-89; Vice-Chancellor, Cambridge Univ. 1768-9; Chaplain in Ordinary to George III 1768-9; consecrated Bishop of Peterborough 17 Dec 1769; offended the Government by his liberal speeches in the House of Lords, and while retaining his bishopric, was required to resign the Mastership of Trinity, in exchange for being appointed Dean of Durham; Dean of Durham from 16 Oct 1788; m. 16 May 1767 Elizabeth, sister of John Crewe, 1st Baron Crewe (qv); d. 11 Jan 1794. DNB.