Thomas Lamplugh

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The Most Reverend                   
Thomas Lamplugh
Archbishop of York
File:Memorial to Archbishop Thomas Lamplugh in York Minster.jpg
Memorial to Lamplugh in the south choir aisle at York Minster
Province Province of York
Diocese Diocese of York
Elected 28 November 1688
In office 8 December 1688 (election confirmed)–1691 (died)
Predecessor Vacant (last held by John Dolben)
Successor John Sharp
Other posts Archdeacon of Oxford (1663–1664 {deposed})
Archdeacon of London (27 May 1664–1676)
Principal of St Alban Hall, Oxford (August 1664–1673)
Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields (1 July 1670–1676)
Dean of Rochester (3 March 1673 {instituted}[1]–1688)
Bishop of Exeter (3 October 1676 {elected}–1688)
Personal details
Born 1615
Thwing, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died 5 May 1691(1691-05-05) (aged 75–76)
Bishopthorpe, Yorkshire, England
Buried York Minster
Nationality English
Denomination Anglican
Residence Bishopthorpe Palace (at death)
Parents Christopher Lamplugh & Anne Lamplugh (née Roper)
Spouse Katherine (née Davenant; m. 1663; she d. 1671)
Children five children, inc. Thomas Davenant Lamplugh Archdeacon of Richmond
Education St Bees School
Alma mater Queen's College, Oxford

Thomas Lamplugh (1615 – 5 May 1691) was an English churchman who became Archbishop of York


He was the son of Christopher Lamplugh of Thwing, East Riding of Yorkshire, Yorkshire and his wife Anne, daughter and coheir of Thomas Roper of Octon in the East Riding of Yorkshire whom he married on 23 November 1607 at Ruston Parva, East Riding of Yorkshire. Many sources incorrectly cite his father as Thomas, a MP for Cumberland, whose family had been seated at Dovenby in that county for a number of generations. There is an interpolation in the parish register of Lamplugh, Cumbria which has his baptism taking place on 13 June 1615. He was Dean of Rochester from 1673, and, from 1676, Bishop of Exeter. While in Exeter, he retained the Rochester deanery in commendam until his translation to York in 1688.

On receiving the news of the arrival of William of Orange at Brixham in Torbay, Bishop Lamplugh delivered a public address, in which he exhorted the people of his diocese to remain faithful to King James II. He fled to London, together with Dr. Annesley, the Dean. As a reward for Lamplugh's loyalty, James procured him the Archbishopric of York, which had been kept vacant for two years. He was confirmed in his new see before William's arrival in London, but his Jacobitism was of no very profound character and did not prevent him from assisting at William's coronation. He died at Bishopthorpe on 5 May 1691, and was buried in York Minster on 8 May 1691.[4]

J. B. Morell (York Monuments p. 38) states that Lamplugh's monument in York Minster shows him "standing, appropriately grasping the pastoral staff that he finally secured by making his views agree with those in power as each change took place – he was a veritable Vicar of Bray. Drake quotes the French proverb: "To lie like an epitaph", and it might well be applied to the one on this monument, which reads: "At length, though he had solicitously declined that dignity, he was promoted to this metropolitan see ... "


File:Catherine Davenant.jpg
Katherine Lamplugh née Davenant

Lamplugh married Katherine Davenant on 25 November 1663 in Gillingham, Dorset and had five children. His surviving son was Thomas Davenant Lamplugh, D.D. [5]


  1. Appointment Record: Lamplugh, Thomas (at Rochester Cathedral) in "CCEd, the Clergy of the Church of England database" (Accessed online, 21 October 2014)
  2. [1]
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  4. Handley 2004.
  5. Venables 1892.


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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Anthony Sparrow
Bishop of Exeter
Succeeded by
Sir Jonathan Trelawny
Title last held by
John Dolben
Archbishop of York
Succeeded by
John Sharp