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)
Orders
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.

Styles[edit]

References[edit]

Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Inge
Bishop of Huntingdon
2008–present
Incumbent