Thomas de Melsonby

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Thomas of Melsonby
Bishop of Durham
Elected 1 June 1237
Term ended resigned after 1237
Predecessor Richard le Poor
Successor Nicholas Farnham
Other posts Prior of Durham
Personal details
Died after 1244
Denomination Catholic

Thomas de Melsonby (died after 1244) was a medieval Bishop of Durham-elect and Prior of Durham.

Bishop of Durham Diocesan bishop in the Church of England

The Bishop of Durham is the Anglican bishop responsible for the Diocese of Durham in the Province of York. The diocese is one of the oldest in England and its bishop is a member of the House of Lords. Paul Butler has been the Bishop of Durham since his election was confirmed at York Minster on 20 January 2014. The previous bishop was Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. The bishop is one of two who escort the sovereign at the coronation.

The Prior of Durham was the head of Durham Cathedral Priory, founded c. 1083 with the move of a previous house from Jarrow. The succession continued until dissolution of the monastery in 1540, when the priory was replaced with a deanery church.

Melsonby was the son of the rector of Melsonby. [1] He was prior of a cell at Coldingham before being elected prior of Durham Cathedral in about 1233. [2] He was elected to the see of Durham on 1 June 1237 but King Henry III of England objected. After lawsuits, Melsonby resigned the bishopric. [1] He remained prior until 1244 when he resigned that office. He died sometime after 1244. [2]

A rector is, in an ecclesiastical sense, a cleric who functions as an administrative leader in some Christian denominations. In contrast, a vicar is also a cleric but functions as an assistant and representative of an administrative leader. The term comes from the Latin for the helmsman of a ship.

Melsonby village in United Kingdom

Melsonby is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. It lies a 1.2 miles (2 km) west of the A1(M) motorway and 1.2 miles (2 km) north of the A66.

Coldingham village in the United Kingdom

Coldingham is a village and parish in Berwickshire, Scottish Borders, on Scotland's southeast coastline, north of Eyemouth.


  1. 1 2 Greenway Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 2: Monastic Cathedrals (Northern and Southern Provinces): Durham: Bishops
  2. 1 2 Greenway Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 2: Monastic Cathedrals (Northern and Southern Provinces): Durham: Priors

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Radulf Kerneth
Prior of Durham
Succeeded by
Betram de Middleton
Preceded by
Richard le Poor
Bishop of Durham
resigned see

Succeeded by
Nicholas Farnham