Thomas Gooch

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The Right Reverend
Sir Thomas Gooch
Bishop of Ely
In office 1748–1754
Predecessor Robert Butts
Successor Matthias Mawson
Other posts Bishop of Bristol (1737–1738)
Bishop of Norwich (1738–1748)
Personal details
Born 1674
Died 14 February 1754
Parents Thomas Gooch and Frances Lone
Spouse Mary Sherlock,
Hannah Miller,
Mary Compton
Children Sir Thomas Gooch, 3rd Bt.
Rev. John Gooch
Previous post Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Alma mater Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Coat of arms Sir Thomas Gooch's coat of arms

Sir Thomas Gooch, 2nd Baronet (1674–1754) was an English bishop.


Gooch was born to Thomas Gooch of Yarmouth, and educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, which he entered in 1691. He graduated B.A. in 1694 (M.A. 1698), B.D. in 1706 and D.D. in 1711.[1][2] He became chaplain to Henry Compton, Bishop of London, and preached at his funeral in 1713. Subsequently, he was chaplain to Queen Anne, and rector of St Clement Eastcheap and St Martin Orgar. He was archdeacon of Essex from 1714 to 1737.[2][3]

Gooch was Master of Gonville and Caius from 1716 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1717. He became successively Bishop of Bristol in 1737, Bishop of Norwich in 1738, and Bishop of Ely in 1747. In 1751 he inherited the title of baronet from his brother Sir William Gooch, 1st Baronet.[2]

Gooch's first wife was Mary Sherlock, daughter of William Sherlock. They had a son, Sir Thomas Gooch, 3rd Baronet of Benacre.[4] He married twice more.[2] He died at Ely Palace, and was buried in the chapel at Gonville and Caius, where there a monument to him on the south wall.[2][5]


  1. ^ "Gooch, Thomas (GC691T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Dictionary of National Biography, article Gooch, Sir Thomas.
  3. ^ "Archdeacons: Essex". Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Edward Vere Nicoll. "Family - The Benacre Estate". Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  5. ^
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Ellys
Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Sir James Burrough
Preceded by
William Grigg
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Thomas Crosse
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Gooch
Baronet Gooch
Succeeded by
Thomas Gooch
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Secker
Bishop of Bristol
Succeeded by
Joseph Butler
Preceded by
Robert Butts
Bishop of Norwich
Succeeded by
Samuel Lisle
Preceded by
Robert Butts
Bishop of Ely
Succeeded by
Matthias Mawson