Thomas Dove

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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 Cathedral 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
Richard Howland
Bishop of Peterborough
Succeeded by
William Piers