Thomas Dove (1555 – 30 August 1630) was Bishop of Peterborough from 1601 to 1630.

Thomas Dove

Bishop of Peterborough
DioceseDiocese of Peterborough
In office1601–1630
PredecessorRichard Howland
SuccessorWilliam Piers
Other post(s)Dean of Norwich (1589–1601)
Personal details
Born1555 (1555)
Died(1630-08-30)30 August 1630
BuriedPeterborough Cathedral
EducationMerchant Taylors' School
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge

Dove was born in London, England, and educated at Merchant Taylors' School from 1564 to 1571.[1] He was named as one of the first scholars of Jesus College, Oxford in its foundation charter in 1571, but never attended.[2] Instead, he became a scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, obtaining his BA in 1575 and his MA in 1578.[3] He was a Pembroke contemporary of Lancelot Andrewes, who had also been educated at Merchant Taylors' School and named as a founding scholar of Jesus College, Oxford. Dove was ordained in 1578 and became vicar of Saffron Walden, Essex in 1580. Dove was a noted preacher, impressing Queen Elizabeth who remarked that she "thought the Holy Ghost was descended again in this Dove".[1]

In 1589, Dove became Dean of Norwich and in 1601 he was consecrated Bishop of Peterborough, where he remained until his death in 1630.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Fincham, Kenneth (September 2004). "Dove, Thomas (1555–1630)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/7952. Retrieved 19 February 2008. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Allen, Brigid (1998). "The Early History of Jesus College, Oxford 1571–1603" (PDF). Oxoniensia. LXIII: 116–7. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Thomas Dove (DV571T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Dean of Norwich
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Peterborough
Succeeded by