Thomas Green (bishop)
|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of Ely|
|Diocese||Diocese of Ely|
|Other posts||Bishop of Norwich (1708–1721)|
12 December 1658|
St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
|Died||18 May 1738
Ely House, Holborn, London
|Alma mater||Corpus Christi College, Cambridge|
Thomas Green (less properly Greene) (1658 – 18 May 1738) was an English academic and bishop.
He was born in Norwich, and educated at Norwich School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1679 and became a Fellow in 1680. He was Master of Corpus from 1698 to 1716, clashing with Robert Moss, and Vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, in 1699 and 1713.
A Whig in politics, he became chaplain to George I of England, and rector of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields in 1716. In 1721 he became Bishop of Norwich, and in 1723 Bishop of Ely. As bishop of Ely, Green had visitatorial powers at Trinity College, Cambridge, and intervened from 1729 in the quarrel between Richard Bentley, who was the Master, and the Fellows. The matter dragged out and went to the House of Lords, only terminating in Green’s death.
He was known as a “finical” character, a taker of snuff and sometimes called “Miss Green” for his feminine face.
- Adaptation of Dictionary of National Biography, article Green, Thomas (1658–1738)
|Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
|Church of England titles|
|Bishop of Norwich
|Bishop of Ely