Thomas Wilson (Dean of Worcester)

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The Very Rev Thomas Wilson, DD (d 20 July 1586 [1] ) was Dean of Worcester [2] from 1559 until his death.

Doctor of Divinity advanced or honorary academic degree in divinity

Doctor of Divinity is an advanced or honorary academic degree in divinity.

Dean of Worcester

The Dean of Worcester is the head of the Chapter of Worcester Cathedral in Worcester, England. The current Dean is Peter Atkinson, who lives at The Deanery, College Green, Worcester.

Wilson was born in Kendal, educated at St John's College, Cambridge and ordained. He was appointed to a living as Vicar of Church of St Peter and St Paul, Blockley. During his time as Dean of Worcester an inventory of plate and furniture was drawn up listing the cathedral's ornaments. [3] Wilson found favour with the Elizabethan court, when Sir William Cecil fell ill, and retreated to Burghley. On 12 November 1571 Thomas Wilson attended Privy Council and was appointed principal Secretary alongside Sir Francis Walsingham. In 1578 he was one of the deputies sent to the Diet of Schmalkalden.

Kendal town and civil parish in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England

Kendal, once Kirkby in Kendal or Kirkby Kendal, is a market town and civil parish in the South Lakeland District of Cumbria, England. Historically in Westmorland, it lies 8 miles (13 km) south-east of Windermere, 19 miles (31 km) north of Lancaster, 23 miles (37 km) north-east of Barrow-in-Furness and 38 miles (61 km) north-west of Skipton, in the dale of the River Kent, from which comes its name. The 2011 census found a population of 28,586. making it the third largest town in Cumbria after Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. It is known today mainly as a centre for tourism, as the home of Kendal mint cake, and as a producer of pipe tobacco and snuff. Its local grey limestone buildings have earned it the nickname "Auld Grey Town".

St Johns College, Cambridge college of the University of Cambridge

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A vicar is a representative, deputy or substitute; anyone acting "in the person of" or agent for a superior. Linguistically, vicar is cognate with the English prefix "vice", similarly meaning "deputy". The title appears in a number of Christian ecclesiastical contexts, but also as an administrative title, or title modifier, in the Roman Empire. In addition, in the Holy Roman Empire a local representative of the emperor, perhaps an archduke, might be styled "vicar".

In May 1581 he was replaced by secretary Walsingham as the Queen's principal secretary, combining the two posts. He died in 1586.

Thomas Wilson married Dorothy Banister, and their only daughter, who survived him, died in 1641. [4]

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  1. Venn database
  2. Athenae cantabrigienses (Volume 2)
  3. ”Bishops & Deans of Worcester” Green,B: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral, 1979
  4. Wingfield
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Pedder
Dean of Worcester
Succeeded by
Francis Willis