Thomas Gumble

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Thomas Gumble, D.D. (died 1676) was an English clergyman and biographer.


Gumble, for some time vicar of Chipping Wycombe, Buckinghamshire[1] was appointed chaplain to George Monck, then in Scotland, at the end of 1655.[2] Monck, finding him an excellent man of business, entrusted him with many commissions. On 4 January 1660 he was despatched from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to London with Monck's letters to the parliament and city.[3] On his arrival (12 January) parliament ordered £100 to be given him,[4] and recommended him (26 January) for the first vacant fellowship at Eton College.[5]

In 1661 he was made D.D. of the University of Cambridge by royal mandate, and on 6 July of the same year was collated to the twelfth prebendal stall in Winchester Cathedral.[6] He was also that year commissioned as Chaplain to Albemarle's Troop of the King's Life Guards.[7] On 21 May 1663 he received the rectory of East Lavant, Sussex.[8] Much to his regret, ill-health prevented him from performing his duty as chaplain of the Royal Charles during the conflict with the Dutch in February 1666.[9] He died in 1676, apparently unmarried, for his estate was administered on 10 March 1676-7 by his brothers Stephen and John Gumble.[10]


His only published work was a Life of General Monck, Duke of Albemarle, &c., with Remarks upon his Actions (London 1671). A French translation by Guy Miege was issued at London in 1672. Some copies of the translation have a second additional title-page, printed at Cologne in 1712, when the work was sold to advance the cause of the Old Pretender.


  1. ^ cf. Lamb MSS. Aug. 972, p. 79; Price, the King's Restauration, p. 35
  2. ^ Gumble, Life of Monck, p. 92
  3. ^ ib. pp. 202-3; Price, Life of Monck, p. 77
  4. ^ Whitelocke, Memorials, p. 693
  5. ^ Cal. State Papers, Dom., 1659-60
  6. ^ Le Neve, Fasti, ed. Hardy, iii. 43
  7. ^ Dalton, Charles (1892). English Army Lists and Commission Registers. 1. Eyre & Spottiswoode. p. 3.
  8. ^ Cal. State Papers, Dom., 1663-4, pp. 57, 146
  9. ^ ib. 1665-6, p. 262
  10. ^ Administration Act Book, P. C. C., 1677, f. 41


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Gumble, Thomas". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.