Bishop Skinner in the Tower of London, 1641:
The Bishop of Oxford, and later Worcester, was Robert Skinner. He was one of the bishops who subscribed the protest of 17 December of 1641, declaring themselves prevented from attendance in parliament, and was consequently committed by the lords to
the Tower of London, where he remained eighteen weeks.
“When Robert Skinner, Bishop of Oxford, was deprived during the usurpation, the Parliament allowed him the revenues of his rectory of Launton, near Bicester, for the support of himself and his family. Being released upon bail from the Tower, to which he had been committed, as one of the twelve protesting Bishops, he retired to this living, and when occasion offered, privately ordained such students of Oxford, as desired episcopal ordination. On this business, in which it was dangerous to be concerned, Bathurst frequently and readily assisted his friend the Bishop. Bathurst was now in priest’s orders, and whenever any candidate solicited to be ordained, he privately applied to Bathurst, who examined him, and appointed a day for meeting him at the Bishop’s house. At the time appointed, under pretence of visiting patients, he attended the solemnity at Launton, in which he officiated as archdeacon. This service he executed with the utmost fidelity and punctuality, till the Restoration. The ceremony was sometimes performed in the chapel of’ Trinity College, where John Martin, afterwards prebendary of Sarum, and others where ordained, 21st Dec, 1645, by Skinner”.(From A Few Memorials of the Right Reverend Robert Skinner D.D by Allan Maclean Skinner, 1866)