Thomas Thurlow (bishop)
|Bishop of Durham|
|Church||Church of England|
|Term ended||1791 (death)|
|Other posts||Bishop of Lincoln (1779–1787)|
|Died||27 May 1791|
Portland Place, London
|Buried||Temple Church, London|
|Alma mater||The Queen's College, Oxford|
Magdalen College, Oxford
Thomas Thurlow (1737–1791) was an English bishop.
Thurlow matriculated at The Queen's College, Oxford in 1754, aged 18, but transferred to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he held a demyship 1755–1759 then a fellowship 1759–1772, graduating B.A. 1758, M.A. 1761, B.D. 1769, D.D. 1772.
He became Rector of Stanhope, County Durham in 1771, Master of the Temple in 1772, Dean of Rochester in 1775, Bishop of Lincoln in 1779, additionally Dean of St Paul's in commendam in 1782, and was Bishop of Durham from 1787 until his death.
"A rectum showing the effects of both haemorrhoids and bowel cancer. The patient in this case was Thomas Thurlow (1737-1791), the Bishop of Durham. Thurlow had suffered from some time from a bowel complaint, which he initially thought was the result of piles. He consulted John Hunter after a number of other physicians and surgeons had failed to provide him with a satisfactory diagnosis. Hunter successfully identified the tumour through rectal examination, but recognised that it was incurable. Thurlow died 10 months later."
Thurlow married Anne Beere, daughter of William Beere. They had the following children:
- Amelia Anne Thurlow (1779–1809), married in 1799 Lieut.-Gen. Sir Edward Howarth
- Edward Hovell-Thurlow (1781–1829), poet, succeeded as 2nd Baron Thurlow in 1806, married in 1813 Mary Catherine Bolton, actress
- Elizabeth Thurlow
- Anne Elizabeth Thurlow (1784–1875), married in 1804 Charles Godfrey
- Rev. Thomas Thurlow (1788–1874), Rector of Boxford, Suffolk, married in 1811 Maria Frances Lyon, daughter of Thomas Lyon
- Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. .
- Foster, Joseph. . – via Wikisource.
- Abrahams, Marc (27 April 2010). "The bishop's rectum: The Hunterian Museum in London displays the rectum of Thomas Thurlow, an unfortunate bishop who died of a tumour in 1791". The Guardian. Improbable research ... Retrieved 8 September 2012.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- The Annual Peerage of the British Empire. 2. 1827. p. 307. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
- "Thurlow, Thomas (THRW806T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
|Church of England titles|
| Dean of Rochester
| Bishop of Lincoln
George Pretyman Tomline
| Dean of St Paul's|
| Bishop of Durham
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