Bishop of Worcester; b. at Tilehurst (18 m. w. of Windsor), Berkshire, Aug.
18, 1627; d. at Hartleburg Castle (4 m. s. of Kidderminster), Worcester, Aug. 30, 1717. He studied
at Oriel and at Jesus College, Oxford (B.A., 1642;
M.A., 1646; B.D. and D.D., 1667), becoming a
fellow of the latter college. He became a royal
chaplain (1666), prebendary of Salisbury Cathedral (1667), vicar of St. Mary's, Reading, and archdeacon of Merioneth (1668), dean of Bangor and
prebendary of St. Paul's (1672), vicar of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields (1677) and bishop of St. Asaph (1680). He was translated to the see of Lichfield
and Coventry in 1692, and to the see of Worcester
in 1700. He was one of the most indefatigable opponents of Romanism under James II, and was one
of the seven bishops who were imprisoned in the
Tower June 8-15, 1688, for protesting against the
Second Declaration of Indulgence. With the other
bishops he was tried and acquitted June 29. He
assisted at the crowning of William and Mary and
shortly afterward became lord high almoner. He
furnished material for Burnet's History of the Reformation of the Church of England
(3 parts, London, 1679-1715), wrote many tracts, and also one valuable work, An Historical Account of Church Governmeat as it was in Great Britain and Ireland when they first Received the Christian Religion
(London, 1684; reprinted in T. P. Pantin's edition of Stillingfleet's Origines Britannicae,
vol. ii., Oxford, 1842).
BIBLIOGRAPHY: A valuable list of sources is appended to the article in DNB, xxxiii. 436-439. Consult: N. Salmon, Lives of the English Bishops, pp. 147-158. London, 1733;
F. B. Howell, Complete Collection of State Trials, xii. 183-254, xiv. 545-580, ib. 1812; E. H. Plumptre, Life of Bishop Ken, i. 66, 140, 145, 293-316, ii. 1-10, 302, London, 1888; J. H. Overton, The Church in England, ii. 161 eqq., ib. 1897; W. H. Hutton, The English Church (1625-1714), pp. 227 sqq., ib. 1903.