LIVES OF THE BISHOPS OF EXETER
STEPHEN WESTON, of Farnborough, in the county of Berks; educated at Eton, and King's College, Cambridge. Through the interest of his friend Sir Robert Walpole, this excellent scholar was advanced to the see of Exeter, and consecrated its bishop on 27th December, 1724. His splendid monument, in the south aisle of the cathedral choir, records his having governed the diocese with the highest credit until his death on 8th January, 1741-2, aged 76. He was buried four days later, and his widow Lucy, of the Sleech family, was laid near him on 6th March following. His son, Captain William Weston, died 30th June, 1773, and his daughter Mary had married George Baker, Archdeacon of Totnes; and his daughter Elizabeth, Canon John Grant. His son Stephen had been married to Mary Gibbs in the Palace Chapel, 7th July, 1734, by his right reverend parent. His sermons were published by Dr. Sherlock, five years after his death, in two volumes octavo, with his portrait.
Bishop Weston introduced the custom of keeping the episcopal registers in English.
Arms: - Argent, a Cross surmounted on three greeses gules, on a chief azure five besants.
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