Thomas Turton

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Thomas Turton
Bishop of Ely
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Thomas Turton by Henry William Pickersgill
Diocese Ely
In office1845–1864
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
Died7 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]

Bishop of Ely Diocesan bishop in the Church of England

The Bishop of Ely is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Ely in the Province of Canterbury. The diocese roughly covers the county of Cambridgeshire, together with a section of north-west Norfolk and has its episcopal see in the City of Ely, Cambridgeshire, where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity. The current bishop is Stephen Conway, who signs +Stephen Elien:. The diocesan bishops resided at the Bishop's Palace, Ely until 1941; they now reside in Bishop's House, the former cathedral deanery. Conway became Bishop of Ely in 2010, translated from the Diocese of Salisbury where he was Bishop suffragan of Ramsbury.



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]

Queens College, Cambridge college of the University of Cambridge

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The Smith's Prize was the name of each of two prizes awarded annually to two research students in mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge from 1769. Following the reorganization in 1998, it is now awarded under the name of Smith-Knight Prize and Rayleigh-Knight Prize.

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.

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The Dean of Peterborough is the head of the chapter at Peterborough Cathedral. On the Dissolution of Peterborough Abbey in 1539 and the abbey-church's refoundation as a cathedral for the new bishop and diocese of Peterborough, care for the abbey/cathedral church passed from an abbot to a dean. The current Dean of Peterborough is Chris Dalliston

Dean of Westminster position

The Dean of Westminster is the head of the chapter at Westminster Abbey. Due to the Abbey's status as a Royal Peculiar, the dean answers directly to the British monarch. Initially, the office was a successor to that of abbot of Westminster, and was for the first 10 years cathedral dean for the Diocese of Westminster. The current dean is John Hall.

He is buried at Kensal Green Cemetery. [4]

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  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.
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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