Thomas Savage (bishop)

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The Most Reverend
Thomas Savage
Archbishop of York
Appointed 18 January 1501
Installed unknown
Term ended 3 September 1507
Predecessor Thomas Rotherham
Successor Christopher Bainbridge
Other posts Bishop of Rochester
Bishop of London
Consecration 28 April 1493
Personal details
Born 1463
Died September 1507
Buried York Minster
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic
Parents Sir John Savage, K.G., of Clifton, Cheshire, & Katherine née Stanley.

Thomas Savage (1463 – 3 September 1507 at Cawood Castle, Yorkshire) was King's Chaplain and an Archbishop of York.[1]

Family and studies

Savage was the second son of the many children of Sir John Savage, K.B., of Clifton, Cheshire, by his wife Katherine, daughter of Thomas Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley, K.G.[2] Sir John Savage, KG was his eldest brother. He spent some years in study at Oxford University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree before 1474. He was then sent abroad, studying at the University of Bologna before July 1477, and then at the University of Padua, where he was admitted a Doctor of Canon Law, and acted as a jurist Rector 1481–2.[3]


Savage was appointed Rector of Davenham, Cheshire, 1470; Rector of Jacobstow, Devon, 1474; Rector of Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire, 1484 and Rector of Rosthorne, Cheshire. In 1490 he took part as a representative of England in the unsuccessful conference at Boulogne. On 3 December 1492, Thomas Savage was nominated Bishop of Rochester. He was consecrated on 28 April 1493 and held the post until 1496 when he was translated to be Bishop of London.[4] He was translated from the see of London on 18 January 1501 to be Archbishop of York, a post he held until death.[5] While Archbishop he handled the marriage ceremony of Arthur, Prince of Wales to Catherine of Aragon. Prince Arthur died young, and his brother Henry, who became Henry VIII, then married Catherine.

"A Lancastrian in politics, he was much trusted and employed by Henry VII....he was a courtier by nature, and took part in the great ceremonies of his time, the creation of Prince Henry as Duke of York, the meeting with the Archduke Philip, and the reception of Catherine of Aragon."[6]


Savage's body is buried in York Minster where his effigy remains. His heart was buried in the Savage Chapel in the church of Macclesfield, Cheshire.[7]


  1. Sutherland, Douglas, 2007, p.724.
  2. The Visitation of Cheshire 1580 by several heralds, edited by John Paul Rylands, F.S.A., London, 1882, p.203–4.
  3. Richardson, Douglas, Magna Carta Ancestry, Baltimore, Md., 2007, p.724, ISBN 0-8063-1759-0
  4. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 268
  5. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 283
  6.  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1897). [ "Savage, Thomas (d.1507)" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Dictionary of National Biography. 50. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 362.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Richardson, Douglas, 2007, p.724


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edmund Audley
Bishop of Rochester
Succeeded by
Richard FitzJames
Preceded by
Richard Hill
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
William Warham
Preceded by
Thomas Rotherham
Archbishop of York
Succeeded by
Christopher Bainbridge