Thomas Rushhook

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Thomas Rushhook
Bishop of Breifne (Kilmore)
In office c. 1388c. 1392
SuccessorSean o Raighilligh
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Diedc. 1392
Previous post Bishop of Llandaff
Bishop of Chichester
Archdeacon of St. Asaph

Thomas Rushhook [lower-alpha 1] (died c. 1392) was an English Dominican, bishop and chaplain [1] to Richard II of England.

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Dominican Order Roman Catholic religious order

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Rushhook was Provincial of the Dominican Order in England 1373 to 1382, being deposed at one point. [2] He was Archdeacon of St Asaph 1382-3, [3] bishop of Llandaff on 16 January 1383, [4] and then was transferred to be bishop of Chichester on 16 October 1385. [5]

St Asaph city in Denbighshire, Wales

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Bishop of Llandaff ordinary of the Church in Wales Diocese of Llandaff

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The Bishop of Chichester is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester in the Province of Canterbury. The diocese covers the counties of East and West Sussex. The see is based in the City of Chichester where the bishop's seat is located at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity. On 3 May 2012 the appointment was announced of Martin Warner, Bishop of Whitby, as the next Bishop of Chichester. His enthronement took place on 25 November 2012 in Chichester Cathedral.

A supporter of Richard II, Rushhook was impeached in 1388. [6] Subsequently he was in Ireland, as bishop of Breifne (Kilmore), where he died about 1392. [7]

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  1. Also known as Thomas Rushook, Thomas Rushock, Thomas Rushooke, Thomas Russhock or Thomas Vichor


  1. McKisack The Fourteenth Century p. 426.
  2. Friaries: The house of Black Friars: A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 2 (1907), pp. 107-22 Date accessed: 26 July 2007
  3. British History Online: Archdeacons of Aspagh accessed on 25 August 2007
  4. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 293
  5. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 239
  6. McKisack The Fourteenth Century p. 458.
  7. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 363

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Rodger Cradock
Bishop of Llandaff
Succeeded by
William of Bottesham
Preceded by
William Reade
Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by
Richard Mitford
Preceded by
Bishop of Breifne (Kilmore)
c. 1388 – c. 1392
Succeeded by
Sean o Raighilligh