Thomas Charlton (bishop)
|Bishop of Hereford|
|See||Diocese of Hereford|
|Died||11 January 1344|
Thomas Charlton (died 11 January 1344) was Bishop of Hereford, Lord High Treasurer of England, Lord Privy Seal, and Lord Chancellor of Ireland. He is buried in Hereford Cathedral in Hereford, Herefordshire, England.
He was born near Wellington, Shropshire, son of Robert de Charleton of Apley, a small landowner. Thomas' eldest brother was John Charleton, 1st Baron Cherleton, who became a statesman of some importance. Both brothers were in the household of Edward II, and Thomas received numerous ecclesiastical preferments.
In 1337 his brother John was appointed Justiciar of Ireland, and Thomas accompanied him as Chancellor. He was charged by the English Crown to inquire into the perceived inadequacy and corruption of the Irish courts of common law and was authorised to remove the Irish judges and appoint English replacements. His mission does not seem to have been a success, as the existing judges fought off attempts to replace them. John resigned as justiciar in 1338, following a dispute, and Thomas moved from the Chancellorship to the position of custos rotulorum for Ireland.
- Fryde Handbook of British Chronology p. 250
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 93
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 105
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
|Lord Privy Seal
|Lord High Treasurer
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of Hereford