Sir Thomas Gooch

Bishop of Ely
In office1748–1754
PredecessorRobert Butts
SuccessorMatthias Mawson
Other post(s)Bishop of Bristol (1737–1738)
Bishop of Norwich (1738–1748)
Personal details
Born9 January 1674
Died14 February 1754
ParentsThomas Gooch and Frances Ann Lane
SpouseMary Sherlock,
Hannah Miller,
Mary Compton
ChildrenSir Thomas Gooch, 3rd Bt.
Rev. John Gooch
Previous post(s)Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Alma materGonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Coat of arms
Sir Thomas Gooch

Sir Thomas Gooch, 2nd Baronet (1674–1754) was an English bishop.


Gooch was born to Thomas Gooch of Yarmouth, and educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, which he entered in 1691. He graduated B.A. in 1694 (M.A. 1698), B.D. in 1706 and D.D. in 1711.[1][2] He became chaplain to Henry Compton, Bishop of London, and preached at his funeral in 1713. Subsequently, he was chaplain to Queen Anne, and rector of St Clement Eastcheap and St Martin Orgar. He was archdeacon of Essex from 1714 to 1737.[2][3]

Gooch was Master of Gonville and Caius from 1716 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1717. He became successively Bishop of Bristol in 1737, Bishop of Norwich in 1738, and Bishop of Ely in 1747. In 1751 he inherited the title of baronet from his brother Sir William Gooch, 1st Baronet.[2]

Gooch's first wife was Mary Sherlock, daughter of William Sherlock. They had a son, Sir Thomas Gooch, 3rd Baronet of Benacre.[4] He married twice more.[2] He died at Ely Place, and was buried in the chapel at Gonville and Caius, where there is a monument to him on the south wall.[2][5]


Coat of arms of Thomas Gooch
Gooch (of Benacre Hall) Achievement.png
A talbot statant per pale Argent and Sable.
Per pale Argent and Sable a chevron between three talbots statant all counterchanged, on a chief Gules three leopards’ faces Or.
Fide Et Virtute [6]


  1. ^ "Gooch, Thomas (GC691T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b c d e Dictionary of National Biography, article Gooch, Sir Thomas.
  3. ^ "Archdeacons: Essex". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  4. ^ Edward Vere Nicoll. "Family - The Benacre Estate". Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Chapel guide". Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
  6. ^ Burke's Peerage. 1949.
Academic offices Preceded byJohn Ellys Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge 1716–1754 Succeeded bySir James Burrough Preceded byWilliam Grigg Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge 1717 Succeeded byThomas Crosse Baronetage of Great Britain Preceded byWilliam Gooch Baronet(of Benacre Hall) 1751–1754 Succeeded byThomas Gooch Church of England titles Preceded byThomas Secker Bishop of Bristol 1737–1738 Succeeded byJoseph Butler Preceded byRobert Butts Bishop of Norwich 1738–1748 Succeeded bySamuel Lisle Preceded byRobert Butts Bishop of Ely 1748–1754 Succeeded byMatthias Mawson