Thomas Turton

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The Right Reverend
Thomas Turton
Bishop of Ely
Thomas Turton by HW Pickersgill.jpg
Thomas Turton by Henry William Pickersgill
Diocese Ely
In office 1845–1864
Predecessor Joseph Allen
Successor Harold Browne
Other posts Dean of Peterborough (1830–1842)
Dean of Westminster (1842–1845)
Personal details
Born (1780-02-25)25 February 1780
Hatfield, West Riding of Yorkshire
Died 7 January 1864(1864-01-07) (aged 83)
Ely House, Dover Street, London
Buried Kensal Green Cemetery
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Queens' College, Cambridge
St Catharine's College, Cambridge

Thomas Turton (25 February 1780 – 7 January 1864) was an English academic and divine, the Bishop of Ely from 1845 to 1864.[1]


Thomas Turton was son of Thomas and Ann Turton of Hatfield, West Riding. He was admitted to Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1801 but migrated to St Catharine's College in 1804. In 1805 he graduated BA as senior wrangler and equal Smith's Prizeman.[2] Elected a fellow of St Catharine's in 1806, he was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1822 to 1826 and Regius Professor of Divinity from 1827 to 1842.[3]

After various other clerical appointments, Turton was Dean of Peterborough from 1830 to 1842, Dean of Westminster from 1842 to 1845 and Bishop of Ely from 1845 to 1864.

He is buried at Kensal Green Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1899). "Turton, Thomas". Dictionary of National Biography. 57. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 377. 
  2. ^ "Turton, Thomas (TRTN801T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ A History of St Catharine's College, Cambridge: Once Catharine Hall, Cambridge, By William Henry Samuel Jones p 195
  4. ^ Paths of Glory. Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery. 1997. p. 100. 
  • Frost, Maurice ed. (1962). Historical Companion to Hymns Ancient & Modern. London: William Clowes & Sons Ltd. 
  • Robert Bruen (2008). "Lucasian Chair: Thomas Turton". Lucasian Retrieved 2 April 2008. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Woodhouse
Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge
Succeeded by
George Biddell Airy
Preceded by
John Kaye
Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge
Succeeded by
Alfred Ollivant
Church of England titles
Preceded by
James Henry Monk
Dean of Peterborough
Succeeded by
George Butler
Preceded by
John Ireland
Dean of Westminster
Succeeded by
Samuel Wilberforce
Preceded by
Joseph Allen
Bishop of Ely
Succeeded by
Harold Browne