Thomas Gooch

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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, and M.A. in 1698.[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. He became successivedly 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 a monument to him on the south wall.[2][5]


  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.
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Academic offices
Preceded by
John Ellys
Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Sir James Burrough
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