Thomas Vipont

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Thomas Vipont
Bishop of Carlisle
ElectedSeptember 1254
Term ended14 October 1256
Predecessor Silvester de Everdon
Successor Robert de Chauncy
Other posts rector of Greystoke
Consecration7 February 1255
Personal details
Died14 October 1256

Thomas Vipont (died 1256) was a medieval Bishop of Carlisle.

Bishop of Carlisle Diocesan bishop in the Church of England

The Bishop of Carlisle is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Carlisle in the Province of York.



Vipont was a member of the family of the lords of Westmoreland but attained a magister degree from the schools. [1] He was rector of Greystoke [2] before he was elected bishop about September 1254, and consecrated on 7 February 1255. [3] He was elected by the chapter of Carlisle Cathedral over the objections of King Henry III of England who had preferred that the chapter elect his chaplain John of Skipton. Henry did not push the issue, and Thomas was given the temporalities of the see on 24 December 1254. [1] He died 14 October 1256. [3]

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  1. 1 2 Summerson "Chaury, Robert and Thomas Vipont" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. Greenway Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066–1300: Volume 2: Monastic Cathedrals (Northern and Southern Provinces): Carlisle: Bishops
  3. 1 2 Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 235

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Silvester de Everdon
Bishop of Carlisle
Succeeded by
Robert de Chauncy