Thomas Gooch

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Sir Thomas Gooch

Bishop of Ely
In office1748–1754
PredecessorRobert Butts
SuccessorMatthias Mawson
Other postsBishop of Bristol (1737–1738)
Bishop of Norwich (1738–1748)
Personal details
Died14 February 1754
ParentsThomas Gooch and Frances Lone
SpouseMary Sherlock,
Hannah Miller,
Mary Compton
ChildrenSir Thomas Gooch, 3rd Bt.
Rev. John Gooch
Previous postVice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Alma materGonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Coat of armsSir Thomas Gooch's coat of arms

Sir Thomas Gooch, 2nd Baronet (1674–1754) was an English bishop.


Gooch was born to Thomas Gooch of Yarmouth, and educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, which he entered in 1691. He graduated B.A. in 1694 (M.A. 1698), B.D. in 1706 and D.D. in 1711.[1][2] He became chaplain to Henry Compton, Bishop of London, and preached at his funeral in 1713. Subsequently, he was chaplain to Queen Anne, and rector of St Clement Eastcheap and St Martin Orgar. He was archdeacon of Essex from 1714 to 1737.[2][3]

Gooch was Master of Gonville and Caius from 1716 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1717. He became successively Bishop of Bristol in 1737, Bishop of Norwich in 1738, and Bishop of Ely in 1747. In 1751 he inherited the title of baronet from his brother Sir William Gooch, 1st Baronet.[2]

Gooch's first wife was Mary Sherlock, daughter of William Sherlock. They had a son, Sir Thomas Gooch, 3rd Baronet of Benacre.[4] He married twice more.[2] He died at Ely Palace, and was buried in the chapel at Gonville and Caius, where there is a monument to him on the south wall.[2][5]


Coat of arms of Thomas Gooch
Gooch (of Benacre Hall) Achievement.png
A talbot statant per pale Argent and Sable.
Per pale Argent and Sable a chevron between three talbots statant all counterchanged, on a chief Gules three leopards’ faces Or.
Fide Et Virtute [6]


  1. ^ "Gooch, Thomas (GC691T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b c d e Dictionary of National Biography, article Gooch, Sir Thomas.
  3. ^ "Archdeacons: Essex". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  4. ^ Edward Vere Nicoll. "Family - The Benacre Estate". Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2009-02-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Burke's Peerage. 1949.
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Ellys
Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Sir James Burrough
Preceded by
William Grigg
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Thomas Crosse
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Gooch
Baronet Gooch
Succeeded by
Thomas Gooch
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Secker
Bishop of Bristol
Succeeded by
Joseph Butler
Preceded by
Robert Butts
Bishop of Norwich
Succeeded by
Samuel Lisle
Preceded by
Robert Butts
Bishop of Ely
Succeeded by
Matthias Mawson