Thomas Skevington

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Thomas Skevington (also Skeffington, Pace or Patexe) (died 1533) was an English Cistercian monk, abbot of Waverley Abbey and Beaulieu Abbey, and bishop of Bangor from 1509.

Waverley Abbey Cistercian abbey in Surrey, UK

Waverley Abbey was the first Cistercian abbey in England. It was founded in 1128 by William Giffard, Bishop of Winchester. Located in Farnham, Surrey, about 2 miles (3.2 km) southeast of the town centre, the abbey is situated on a floodplain, surrounded by current and previous channels of the River Wey. It was damaged on more than one occasion by severe flooding, resulting in rebuilding in the 13th century. Despite being the first Cistercian abbey in England, and being motherhouse to several other abbeys, Waverley was "slenderly endowed" and its monks are recorded as having endured poverty and famine.

Beaulieu Abbey Medieval Cistercian abbey in England

Beaulieu Abbey, grid reference SU389026, was a Cistercian abbey in Hampshire, England. It was founded in 1203–1204 by King John and populated by 30 monks sent from the abbey of Cîteaux in France, the mother house of the Cistercian order. The Medieval Latin name of the monastery was Bellus Locus Regis or monasterium Belli loci Regis. Other spellings of the English name which occur historically are Bewley and Beaulie.

Bishop of Bangor Ordinary of the Church in Wales Diocese of Bangor

The Bishop of Bangor is the ordinary of the Church in Wales Diocese of Bangor. The see is based in the city of Bangor where the bishop's seat (cathedra) is at Cathedral Church of Saint Deiniol.



The son of John Pace of Leicestershire and his wife Margaret Cobley, daughter of William Cobley, he is said to have been born at Skeffington, the seat of the family of that name. [1]

Leicestershire County of England

Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. The county borders Nottinghamshire to the north, Lincolnshire to the north-east, Rutland to the east, Northamptonshire to the south-east, Warwickshire to the south-west, Staffordshire to the west, and Derbyshire to the north-west. The border with most of Warwickshire is Watling Street.

Skeffington farm village in the United Kingdom

Skeffington is a village and civil parish in the Harborough district of Leicestershire, England. It lies 11 miles east of Leicester on the A47 Leicester to Uppingham road, between the parishes of Billesdon and Tugby and Keythorpe. The population at the 2011 census was 223.

Pace entered the Cistercian Merivale Abbey in Warwickshire, and studied at the Cistercian St Bernard's College, Oxford. As was customary, he took a new name on entering the regular life, and selected what is supposed to have been his birthplace. [1]

Warwickshire County of England

Warwickshire is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. The county town is Warwick, although the largest town is Nuneaton. The county is famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Skevington became abbot of Waverley in Surrey in 1477, and then Beaulieu in Hampshire in 1508, according to scholarly identifications of their "Abbot Thomas". [2] [3] On 17 June 1509 he was consecrated bishop of Bangor; he retained Beaulieu in commendam , for the rest of his life. [3] [4]

In canon law, commendam was a form of transferring an ecclesiastical benefice in trust to the custody of a patron. The phrase in commendam was originally applied to the provisional occupation of an ecclesiastical benefice, which was temporarily without an actual occupant, in contrast to the conferral of a title, in titulum, which was applied to the regular and unconditional occupation of a benefice.

At Bangor, Skevington had William Glynne (died 1537) as vicar-general, and was active as a builder. He finished the episcopal palace and built the tower and the nave of Bangor Cathedral. He died on 13 August 1533. His body was buried at Beaulieu, but his heart was taken to Bangor. [1] [4]

Bangor Cathedral Church in Gwynedd, Wales

Bangor Cathedral is an ancient place of worship in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales. It is dedicated to its founder, Saint Deiniol.


  1. 1 2 3 Lee, Sidney, ed. (1897). "Skevington, Thomas"  . Dictionary of National Biography . 52. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. David Knowles; David M. Smith; Christopher Nugent Lawrence Brooke (13 March 2008). The Heads of Religious Houses: England and Wales, III. 1377–1540. Cambridge University Press. p. 348. ISBN   978-0-521-86508-1.
  3. 1 2 David Knowles; David M. Smith; Christopher Nugent Lawrence Brooke (13 March 2008). The Heads of Religious Houses: England and Wales, III. 1377-1540. Cambridge University Press. p. 267. ISBN   978-0-521-86508-1.
  4. 1 2 Williams, Glanmor. "Skevington, Thomas". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/25673.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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