Thomas Wise (priest)

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Thomas Wise D.D. (1670/711726) was an eighteenth-century clergyman of the Church of England.

Church of England Anglican state church of England

The Church of England is the established church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the monarch is the supreme governor. The Church of England is also the mother church of the international Anglican Communion. It traces its history to the Christian church recorded as existing in the Roman province of Britain by the third century, and to the 6th-century Gregorian mission to Kent led by Augustine of Canterbury.



He was born at Drayton, Vale of White Horse, the son of John Wise from Dorchester, Oxfordshire. [1] [2] He was educated at Exeter College, Oxford, where he was fellow 1694-1726.

Drayton, Vale of White Horse village and civil parish in Vale of White Horse district, Oxfordshire, England

Drayton is a village and civil parish about 2 miles (3 km) south of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. The parish includes the hamlet of Sutton Wick. The 2011 Census recorded the parish population as 2,353.

Exeter College, Oxford constituent college of the University of Oxford

Exeter College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England and the fourth oldest college of the University.

He became rector of St Alphege Church, Canterbury (1709), vicar of Bekesbourne (1711), Six Preacher of Canterbury Cathedral (1711), prebendary of Lincoln Cathedral (1720), and was chaplain to the Princess of Wales (1721) and the Duke of Ormonde. [3]

Canterbury Cathedral city in Kent, England

Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district of Kent, England. It lies on the River Stour.

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".

Bekesbourne village in United Kingdom

Bekesbourne is a village near Canterbury in Kent, South East England.


In 1706 he published an abridgement of Ralph Cudworth's Intellectual System. [4] In 1711 he published The Christian Eucharist Rightly Stated. [1]

Ralph Cudworth English philosopher

The Rev. Prof. Ralph Cudworth was an English Anglican clergyman, Christian Hebraist, classicist, theologian and philosopher, and a leading figure among the Cambridge Platonists. From a family background embedded in the early nonconformist environment of Emmanuel College where he studied (1630–45), he became 11th Regius Professor of Hebrew (1645–88), 26th Master of Clare Hall (1645–54), and 14th Master of Christ's College (1654–88). He was a leading opponent of Thomas Hobbes's political and philosophical views, and his magnum opus was his The True Intellectual System of the Universe (1678).


  1. 1 2 Charles William Boase, Register of the rectors, fellows, and other members of the foundation of Exeter College, Oxford (1894), p. 126.
  3. D. Ingram Hill, The Six Preachers of Canterbury Cathedral, 1982, p. 73-74.
  4. "Cudworth, Ralph"  . Dictionary of National Biography . London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

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