David Thomson (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
Dr David Thomson
DPhil MA(Oxon) MA(Cantab)[1]
Bishop of Huntingdon
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Ely
Installed 17 October 2008[2]
Predecessor Rt Revd John Inge
Ordination 1981[3]
Consecration 3 July 2008[2]
Personal details
Born (1952-02-02) 2 February 1952 (age 62)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents a vicar (father)[4]
Spouse Jean Douglas-Jones
(m. 1974)[3]
Children 2 sons & 2 daughters[3]
Profession also medieval historian;[4] prev. lecturer[3]
Alma mater Keble College, Oxford

David Thomson, FSA, FRHist (born 2 February 1952) is the Bishop of Huntingdon[1] and has been, since 20 October 2013, Acting Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.[5]

He was educated at King Edward VII School (Sheffield), followed by Keble College, Oxford, where he was awarded an MA and DPhil (in 1978),[3] and Westcott House and Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he read Theology. Ordained in 1982 he began his career with a Curacy at Maltby and was then successively Team Vicar of Banbury,[6] Rector of Cockermouth and finally (before ascending to the Episcopate)[4] Archdeacon of Carlisle.[7]

Bishop David was consecrated as bishop in Southwark Cathedral on 3 July 2008 and installed as Bishop of Huntingdon in Ely Cathedral on 17 October that same year.[2]

A medieval historian, he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Royal Historical Society as well as an FRSA; his academic works include “A Descriptive Catalogue of Middle English Grammatical Texts”, 1979 and “An Edition of the Middle English Grammatical Texts”, 1984—,[8] and his latest work has been on the Bewcastle Cross. He has also published a series of devotional books, A Journey with John, Lent with Luke, Christmas by Candelight and Ways to Pray.

He is married with two sons and two daughters,[3] and his interests include detective fiction, crosswords, gardening, photography and fine art.


  • David Thomson Esq (1952–1978)
  • Dr David Thomson (1978–1981)
  • The Revd Dr David Thomson (1981–2002)
  • The Ven Dr David Thomson (2002–2008)
  • The Rt Revd Dr David Thomson (2008—)


Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Inge
Bishop of Huntingdon