Thomas Turton
Bishop of Ely
Thomas Turton by HW Pickersgill.jpg
Thomas Turton by Henry William Pickersgill
In office1845–1864
PredecessorJoseph Allen
SuccessorHarold Browne
Other post(s)Dean of Peterborough (1830–1842)
Dean of Westminster (1842–1845)
Personal details
Born(1780-02-25)25 February 1780
Died7 January 1864(1864-01-07) (aged 83)
Ely House, Dover Street, London
BuriedKensal Green Cemetery
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge
St Catharine's College, Cambridge

Thomas Turton (25 February 1780 – 7 January 1864) was an English academic and divine, the Bishop of Ely from 1845 to 1864.[1]


Thomas Turton was son of Thomas and Ann Turton of Hatfield, West Riding. He was admitted to Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1801 but migrated to St Catharine's College in 1804. In 1805 he graduated BA as senior wrangler and equal Smith's Prizeman.[2] Elected a fellow of St Catharine's in 1806, he was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1822 to 1826 and Regius Professor of Divinity from 1827 to 1842.[3]

After various other clerical appointments, Turton was Dean of Peterborough from 1830 to 1842, Dean of Westminster from 1842 to 1845 and Bishop of Ely from 1845 to 1864.

He is buried at Kensal Green Cemetery.[4]



  1. ^ Lee, Sidney, ed. (1899). "Turton, Thomas" . Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 57. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 377.
  2. ^ "Turton, Thomas (TRTN801T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ A History of St Catharine's College, Cambridge: Once Catharine Hall, Cambridge, By William Henry Samuel Jones p 195
  4. ^ Paths of Glory. Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery. 1997. p. 100.


Academic offices Preceded byRobert Woodhouse Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge 1822–1826 Succeeded byGeorge Biddell Airy Preceded byJohn Kaye Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge 1827–1842 Succeeded byAlfred Ollivant Church of England titles Preceded byJames Henry Monk Dean of Peterborough 1830–1842 Succeeded byGeorge Butler Preceded byJohn Ireland Dean of Westminster 1842–1845 Succeeded bySamuel Wilberforce Preceded byJoseph Allen Bishop of Ely 1845–1864 Succeeded byHarold Browne