Thomas Ravis

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The Right Reverend
Thomas Ravis
Bishop of London
Thomas Ravis portrait.jpg
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of London
Elected 18 May 1607
Installed 2 June 1607
Term ended 1609 (death)
Predecessor Richard Vaughan
Successor George Abbot
Other posts Bishop of Gloucester
Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
Ordination 1582
Consecration 17 March 1605
Personal details
Born c. 1560
Old Malden, Surrey
Died (1609-12-14)14 December 1609
Buried St Paul's Cathedral, London
Nationality English
Denomination Anglican
Profession Academic
Education Westminster School
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Thomas Ravis (c. 1560 – 14 December 1609) was a Church of England bishop and academic. He was among those engaged in translating the King James Bible.

Early life[edit]

He was born at Old Malden in Surrey, probably in 1560, and was educated at Westminster School. He was elected, on the recommendation of Lord Burghley, to Christ Church, Oxford, in 1575. However, the Dean and Chapter declined to admit him on the ground that there was no room, until Burghley remonstrated with them. He graduated B.A. on 12 November 1578, and M.A. on 3 March 1582, proceeding B.D. in 1589 and D.D. in 1595.

Priestly career[edit]

He took holy orders in 1582, and preached around Oxford for some time. On 17 April 1588 he was elected one of the proctors, and in July 1596 and again in July 1597 was chosen Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford .[1] In 1591 he was admitted to the rectory of Merstham, Surrey, and from 27 December of the same year until May 1598 was vicar of Allhallows Barking. From February 1593 till 1607 he was prebendary of Westminster, and from 1596 until 1605 an authoritarian Dean of Christ Church.[2] As Dean he commuted the commons allowance for food into monetary form, of two shillings a week. Some of those who resisted this innovation he expelled; others he sent before the council, and others he imprisoned.

On 7 July 1598 he became vicar of Islip, and in the following October vicar of Wittenham Abbas, Berkshire.[3] He was one of the six deans who attended the Hampton Court Conference in 1604, and later supplied notes for William Barlow's account, the Sum and Substance of the Conference. He was then involved in the subsequent creation of the King James Bible, being appointed one of the Oxford committee deputed to translate part of the New Testament. Also in that year he was elected prolocutor of the lower house of convocation.

Episcopal career[edit]

In October 1604 Ravis was appointed Bishop of Gloucester, and was consecrated on 17 March 1605; he was allowed to hold in commendam with his bishopric the deanery of Christ Church, his Westminster prebend, and the parsonages of Islip and Wittenham. At Gloucester he improved the bishop's palace. On 18 May 1607 Ravis was translated to the see of London, and installed as Bishop of London on 2 June. He was intolerant of all nonconformity. Ravis died on 14 December 1609, and was buried in the north aisle of St Paul's Cathedral.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
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  3. ^ This list associates "Abbots Wittenham" with Little Wittenham. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-08-27.. Retrieved 27 August 2010.


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

Academic offices
Preceded by
William James
Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
Succeeded by
John King
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Godfrey Goldsborough
Bishop of Gloucester
Succeeded by
Henry Parry
Preceded by
Richard Vaughan
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
George Abbot