He was the son of the first Earl of Courtown. He was Rector of Kiltinel and served as Dean of Killaloe from 1781 to 1787 before being appointed Dean of Ferns in 1787. In 1790 he was made second chaplain to John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland.
In 1794 he was elevated to the episcopacy as Bishop of Cork and Ross.
- York Herald Saturday, March 02, 1805; Issue 768. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II
- “Handbook of British Chronology” By Fryde, E. B;. Greenway, D.E;Porter, S; Roy, I: Cambridge, CUP, 1996 ISBN 0-521-56350-X, 9780521563505
- Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernicae: The succession of the Prelates and ..., Volume 2 By Henry Cotton. p. 347. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
- The Times Tuesday, Jan 26, 1790; pg. 3; Issue 1587; col E The Earl of Westmoreland has appointed the Hon. and Rev. Thomas Stopford, Dean of Ferns as his second chaplain
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