Thomas Herring

Thomas Herring

Birth
Walsoken, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough, Norfolk, England
Death 23 Mar 1757 (aged 63–64)
Croydon, London Borough of Croydon, Greater London, England
Burial Croydon, London Borough of Croydon, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 44166587 · View Source
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Archbishop of Canterbury. He served in this position from 1747 until his death. His father was the rector of Walsoken in Norfolk, England who had previously been vicar of Foxton, near Cambridge, England. He received his education at Wisbech Grammar School and later Jesus College, Cambridge. In 1717 he received his Master's Degree and was a fellow at Corpus Christi College from 1716 to 1723. In 1728 he became Doctor of Divinity and a chaplain to English King George II, and in 1737 he was appointed Bishop of Bangor in Wales. Six years later he became Archbishop of York. In 1745, during the Jacobite Rebellion (the attempt by Charles Edward Stuart or "Bonnie Prince Charlie" to regain the British throne for the exiled House of Stuart), he organized Yorkshire into resistance against the Jacobites by raising volunteers and money. He supported the Walpoleon Whigs because he viewed the Protestant Succession embodied in the House of Hanover as essential to England. In late 1747, he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury following the death of Archbishop John Potter. He generally followed the lead of his friend, Lord Hardwicke (Philip Yorke), the English Lord Chancellor, and frequently came into disputes with the Duke of Newcastle (Thomas Pelham-Holles), the English Secretary of State. He is generally credited as being the author of "A New Form of Common Prayer," published anonymously in 1753 in response to John Jones' "Candid Disquisitions" (1749). He died at the age of about 64.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 44166587
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Herring (1693–23 Mar 1757), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44166587, citing St John the Baptist Churchyard, Croydon, London Borough of Croydon, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .