Thomas Reynolds (bishop)

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Thomas Reynolds (also "Reynold" or "Raynolds") (died c.1560) was an English bishop and academic. He was the Warden of Merton College, Oxford from 1545 and was created Bishop of Hereford by Mary I.


A cleric of the reformed Church of England under Edward VI, after the Restoration he was a chaplain to Queen Mary, who gave him preferment and created him Dean of Exeter in 1555. He also served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. On the accession of Elizabeth I, the formalities for his post as bishop were not yet complete and he was deprived. He died in the Marshalsea Prison. [1] [2]

Reynolds was the uncle of John Reynolds and William Reynolds, of a family near Pinhoe, Devon. Adam Hamilton has argued for a relationship to Richard Reynolds, and incidentally for an identification of Thomas Reynolds as a Catholic at an earlier period of his life. [3] [4]

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  1. H. E. Salter and Mary D. Lobel, ed. (1954). "Merton College". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. British History Online. Victoria County History. pp. 95–106.
  2. Norman Leslie Jones, The English Reformation: religion and cultural adaptation (2002), p. 116.
  3. Thomas Fowler, Corpus Christi (1898), p. 90.
  4. Adam Hamilton, The Angel of Syon: the life and martyrdom of Blessed Richard Reynolds, martyred at Tyburn, May 4, 1535 (1905), pp. 91–92.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Henry Tindall
Warden of Merton College, Oxford
Succeeded by
James Gervase
Preceded by
William Tresham
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Thomas Whyte
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Robert Parfew
Bishop of Hereford
Succeeded by
John Scory