Thomas Dove

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The Right Reverend
Thomas Dove
Bishop of Peterborough
Diocese Diocese of Peterborough
In office 1601–1630
Predecessor Richard Howland
Successor William Piers
Other posts Dean of Norwich (1589–1601)
Personal details
Born 1555 (1555)
Died (1630-08-30)30 August 1630
Buried Peterborough Cathedral
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Education Merchant Taylors' School
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge

Thomas Dove (1555 – 30 August 1630) was Bishop of Peterborough from 1601 to 1630.

Dove was born in London, England, and educated at Merchant Taylors' School from 1564 to 1571.[1] He was named as one of the first scholars of Jesus College, Oxford in its foundation charter in 1571, but never attended.[2] Instead, he became a scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, obtaining his BA in 1575 and his MA in 1578.[3] He was a Pembroke contemporary of Lancelot Andrewes, who had also been educated at Merchant Taylors' School and named as a founding scholar of Jesus College, Oxford. Dove was ordained in 1578 and became vicar of Saffron Walden, Essex in 1580. Dove was a noted preacher, impressing Queen Elizabeth who remarked that she "thought the Holy Ghost was descended again in this Dove".[1]

In 1589, Dove became Dean of Norwich and in 1601 he was consecrated Bishop of Peterborough, where he remained until his death in 1630.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Fincham, Kenneth (September 2004). "Dove, Thomas (1555–1630)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online edition, subscription access). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  2. ^ Allen, Brigid (1998). "The Early History of Jesus College, Oxford 1571–1603" (PDF). Oxoniensia. LXIII: 116–7. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Dove (DV571T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Gardiner
Dean of Norwich
Succeeded by
John Jegon
Preceded by
Richard Howland
Bishop of Peterborough
Succeeded by
William Piers