Thomas Cobham

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Thomas Cobham,
D.Th., D.Cn.L.
Bishop of Worcester
Province Canterbury
Appointed 31 March 1317
Installed 28 October 1317
Term ended 27 August 1327
Predecessor Walter Maidstone
Successor Wulstan Bransford
Consecration 22 May 1317
Personal details
Died 27 August 1327
Previous post Archbishop-elect of Canterbury (May–October 1313)

Thomas Cobham (died 1327) was an English churchman, who was Archbishop-elect of Canterbury in 1313 and later Bishop of Worcester from 1317 to 1327.

Cobham earned a Doctor of Theology and a Doctor of Canon Law[1] and served as Archdeacon of Lewes from 1301 to around 1305.[2] Cobham was nominated to replace Archbishop Robert Winchelsey in 1313, by the monks of Christ Church Priory, Canterbury.[3] The election took place on 28 May 1313.[4] King Edward II intervened and petitioned the pope to appoint the Bishop of Worcester – Walter Reynolds to Canterbury instead of Cobham. Pope Clement V acquiesced and issued a bull dismissing the election of Cobham on 1 October 1313[4] and installing Reynolds in his stead.[5]

On 31 March 1317, Cobham was provided to the bishopric of Worcester, and was consecrated on 22 May 1317.[6] Cobham, along with Archbishop Melton, and the bishops of London and Rochester alone spoke up in Edward II's defence during the Parliamentary session that deposed Edward.[7]

Cobham died on 27 August 1327.[6]


  1. British History Online Bishops of Worcester accessed on September 11, 2007
  2. British History Online Archdeacons of Lewes accessed on September 11, 2007
  3. Weir Queen Isabella p. 94
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 233
  5. Weir Queen Isabella p. 95
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 279
  7. Weir Queen Isabella p. 257


Academic offices
Preceded by
John Rickingale
Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Robert FitzHugh
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Robert Winchelsey
Archbishop-elect of Canterbury
May–October 1313
Succeeded by
Walter Reynolds
Preceded by
Walter Maidstone
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
Wulstan Bransford