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1568, Nov1655, Mar 18
officially the Bishop of Chalcedon, he was the second Catholic bishop for England, Wales and Scotland after Catholicism was banned in England in 1559. He followed William Bishop, who died in 1624. Smith was appointed Apostolic Vicar for the whole of England, Wales and Scotland in 1625. He followed William Bishop, who had held the post for less than a year. As Catholicism was illegal in England at the time, his episcopal title was Titular bishop of Chalcedon. He arrived in England in April 1625, and stayed in Turvey, Bedfordshire, at the house of Lord Montagu. In 1628 a warrant was issued for his arrest. He resigned his post in 1631, when he fled to Paris. He authored many religious texts.
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