Thomas Thirlby

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Thomas Thirlby
Bishop of Ely
Installed 1554
Term ended 1559
Predecessor Thomas Goodrich
Successor Richard Cox
Other posts Bishop of Westminster, Bishop of Norwich
Personal details
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic

Thomas Thirlby (c. 1500–1570) was an English bishop. While he acquiesced in the Henrician schism, with its rejection in principle of the Roman papacy, he remained otherwise loyal to the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church during the English Reformation.

He was Bishop of Westminster between 1540 and 1550, the first and only Bishop to hold the title in the Church of England. He was then made Bishop of Norwich until 1554, when he became Bishop of Ely. In 1559, following the accession of Elizabeth I, he was deposed.

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
only office-holder
Bishop of Westminster
1540–1550
Succeeded by
only office-holder
Preceded by
William Rugg
Bishop of Norwich
1550–1554
Succeeded by
John Hopton
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Goodrich
Bishop of Ely
1554–1559
Succeeded by
Richard Cox