David Thomson (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
David Thomson
Bishop of Huntingdon
Diocese Diocese of Ely
In office 2008–present
Predecessor John Inge
Other posts Acting Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich (2013–2015)
Ordination 1981[1]
Consecration 3 July 2008[2]
Personal details
Born (1952-02-02) 2 February 1952 (age 65)
Sunderland, County Durham, United Kingdom[3]
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Jean Douglas-Jones
(m. 1974)[1]
Children 4 (2 sons, 2 daughters)
Profession Bishop, medieval historian;[3] prev. lecturer[1]
Alma mater Keble College, Oxford

David Thomson FSA FRHistS FRSA (born 2 February 1952) is a British Church of England bishop. Since 2008, he has been Bishop of Huntingdon, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Ely.

Early life[edit]

Thomson was educated at King Edward VII School (Sheffield), followed by Keble College, Oxford, where he was awarded an MA and DPhil (1978),[1] and Westcott House and Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he studied theology.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Ordained in 1982, he was a curate in Maltby, South Yorkshire, and then team vicar of St Mary's Church, Banbury,[4] rector of Cockermouth and finally, before being ordained to the episcopate,[3] the Archdeacon of Carlisle.[5]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

Thomson was consecrated as a bishop in Southwark Cathedral on 3 July 2008 and installed as Bishop of Huntingdon in Ely Cathedral on 17 October that year.[2][6] During a lengthy vacancy in Suffolk's diocesan see (while that diocese had no suffragan) from 20 October 2013 to 7 May 2015, he was also the Acting Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.[7]

Academic career[edit]

A medieval historian, Thomson 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] His most recent work was 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.

Personal life[edit]

Thomson is married with two sons and two daughters.[1] His interests include detective fiction, crosswords, gardening, photography and fine art.



Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Inge
Bishop of Huntingdon