Thomas de Stratford

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Thomas de Stratford
Archdeacon of Gloucester
Church Catholic
See Diocese of Gloucester
Predecessor Richard de Ledbury
Successor Roger Peres
Personal details
Born Warwickshire
Died 12 June 1396

Thomas de Stratford (also called Thomas Stratford) was a medieval Archdeacon of Gloucester of the Noble House of Stratford.

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The House of Stratford is a British noble house, originating in Stratford-on-Avon between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. The family has produced multiple titles, including Earl of Aldborough, Viscount Amiens, Baron Baltinglass, Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe and the Dugdale Baronets. The Viscount Powerscourt and Baron Wrottesley both claim descent from this House. Historic seats have included Farmcote Manor and Stratford Park in Gloucester, Merevale Hall in Warwickshire, Baltinglass Castle, Belan House and Aldborough House in Ireland, and Stratford House in London, amongst many others. The house was at its most powerful in the fourteenth, sixteenth, and eighteenth centuries.


Early life

Stratford attended Oxford University and in 1348 and 1349 held the position of Senior Proctor. [1] He was born into the wealthy Stratford Family of Stratford-on-Avon, and was related to Ralph Stratford (Bishop of London), Sir Andrew de Stratford, John de Stratford (Archbishop of Canterbury) and Robert de Stratford (Bishop of Chester) - possibly a younger brother to the latter two, alongside Henry de Stratford. [2]

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By 1367 Thomas was Archdeacon of Gloucester, and in lifelong possession of the manor of Shottery, having been given it by his (possible) brother Robert, who had in turn received it from his brother John. [3] In 1369, however, he was reported as "dwelling in London". [4]

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Later life and death

From 10 October 1375 until his death on 12 June 1396 Thomas de Stratford held the position of Prior of Caldwell. [5] [6]

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  2. Gerald Stratford "The Stratford Family History" Chapter 4
  3. 'The borough of Stratford-upon-Avon: Manors', A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 3: Barlichway hundred (1945), pp. 258-266. URL: Date accessed: 29 May 2014.
  4. Bliss and Twemlow "Calendar of Entries in the Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland. : Papal Letters, Volume 4 : 1362-1404" p. 81
  5. David Knowles, David M. Smith "The Heads of Religious Houses: England and Wales, III. 1377-1540" p. 402