Ken took Holy Orders in 1662 and served at Winchester Cathedral and School. He went to Holland to be Chaplain to Princess Mary, and then King Charles II made him Bishop of Bath and Wells. His care for the rebels in the tragic aftermath of the Battle of Sedgemoor made him a loved and popular Bishop. He was one of 6 Bishops imprisoned in the Tower of London for opposing King James's religious policy, and when William and Mary came to the throne he refused to take the Oath of Allegiance and was deprived of his Bishopric. He composed hymns and prayers, and welcomed the poor to dine with him at the Palace in Wells. Ken was buried at St John's Church in Frome in 1711.
Where to see this painting?
The Bishop's Palace & Gardens
Wells, Somerset, England, BA5 2PD
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