Thomas White (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Thomas White
Bishop of Peterborough
Bp Thomas White.jpg
Diocese Diocese of Peterborough
In office 1685–1690
Predecessor William Lloyd
Successor Richard Cumberland
Personal details
Born 1628 (1628)
Died(1698-05-30)30 May 1698
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge

Thomas White (1628–1698) was Bishop of Peterborough from 1685 to 1690.

Bishop of Peterborough Diocesan bishop in the Church of England

The Bishop of Peterborough is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Peterborough in the Province of Canterbury.


He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge. [1]

St Johns College, Cambridge college of the University of Cambridge

St John's College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. The college was founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort. In constitutional terms, the college is a charitable corporation established by a charter dated 9 April 1511. The aims of the college, as specified by its statutes, are the promotion of education, religion, learning and research.

White held the following livings:

All-Hallows-the-Great Church in London

All-Hallows-the-Great was a church in the City of London, located on what is now Upper Thames Street, first mentioned in 1235. Destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666, the church was rebuilt by the office of Sir Christopher Wren. All-Hallows-the-Great was demolished in 1894 when many bodies were disinterred from the churchyard and reburied at Brookwood Cemetery.

St Mary the Virgins Church, Bottesford Church in Leicestershire, England

St Mary the Virgin's Church is in the village of Bottesford, Leicestershire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Framland, the archdeaconry of Leicester and the diocese of Leicester. Its benefice is united with those of eight local parishes. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.

The Archdeacon of Nottingham is a senior ecclesiastical officer in the Church of England Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, who exercises supervision of clergy and responsibility for church buildings within the Archdeaconry of Nottingham.

In 1683 White became chaplain to Princess Anne. He was appointed Bishop of Peterborough in 1685.

Anne, Queen of Great Britain Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland (1702–07); queen of Great Britain and Ireland (1707–14)

Anne was the Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland between 8 March 1702 and 1 May 1707. On 1 May 1707, under the Acts of Union, two of her realms, the kingdoms of England and Scotland, united as a single sovereign state known as Great Britain. She continued to reign as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland until her death in 1714.

He was one of the seven bishops who petitioned against the declaration of Indulgence issued by James II in 1688, and with the others was tried and sensationally acquitted. Although the trial had contributed to the Glorious Revolution , he was one of the non-juring bishops, refusing to take the oath of allegiance to William III and Mary II in 1689 and so was deprived of his see in February 1690. He died eight years later.

The Declaration of Indulgence or Declaration for Liberty of Conscience was a pair of proclamations made by James II of England and VII of Scotland in 1687. The Indulgence was first issued for Scotland on 12 February and then for England on 4 April 1687. It was a first step at establishing freedom of religion in the British Isles, although the king's intention was to promote his own minority religion, Catholicism, reviled by most of his subjects.

James II of England 17th-century King of England and Ireland, and of Scotland (as James VII)

James II and VII was King of England and Ireland as James II and King of Scotland as James VII, from 6 February 1685 until he was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The last Roman Catholic monarch of England, Scotland and Ireland, his reign is now remembered primarily for struggles over religious tolerance. However, it also involved the principles of absolutism and divine right of kings and his deposition ended a century of political and civil strife by confirming the primacy of Parliament over the Crown.

Glorious Revolution 17th Century British revolution

The Glorious Revolution, also called the Revolution of 1688, was the overthrow of King James II of England by a union of English Parliamentarians with the Dutch stadtholder William III, Prince of Orange, who was James's nephew and son-in-law. William's successful invasion of England with a Dutch fleet and army led to his ascension to the throne as William III of England jointly with his wife, Mary II, James's daughter, after the Declaration of Right, leading to the Bill of Rights 1689.

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  1. "White, Thomas (WHT642T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Lloyd
Bishop of Peterborough
Succeeded by
Richard Cumberland