Thomas Burgess (bishop, born 1756)

English author, philosopher, Bishop of Saint David's and Bishop of Salisbury

Thomas Burgess (18 November 1756 - 19 February 1837)[1] was an English author, philosopher, Bishop of st Davids[2] and Bishop of Salisbury,[3][4] he founded st David's college, Lampeter was a founding member of Odiham agricultural society,[2][5] and helped to establish the royal veterinary college in London,[5] and was the first president of the Royal society of literature

Thomas Burgess
Bishop of St Davids, Bishop of Salisbury
Portrait by William Owen
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of St Davids, Diocese of Salisbury
Installed1803 Bishop of St Davids, 1825 Bishop of Salisbury
PredecessorJohn Fisher
SuccessorEdward Denison
Personal details
Born(1756-11-18)18 November 1756
Died19 February 1837(1837-02-19) (aged 80)
EducationRobert May's School
Winchester College
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Oxford


  • Harford, J. S. (John Scandrett). (1841). The life of Thomas Burgess. 2d ed. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Greene and Longmans. The main biography of Burgess, written by John Scandrett Harford, Quaker banker and landowner, and donor of the land for St David's College, Lampeter. Online at HathiTrust:
  • Ellis, T.I. (1959). "BURGESS, THOMAS (1756–1837), bishop.". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. National Library of Wales.
  • Price, D T W. (1987) Yr Esgob Burgess a Choleg Llanbedr: Bishop Burgess and Lampeter College. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. (ISBN 0-7083-0965-8)
  • Tout, Thomas Frederick (1886). "Burgess, Thomas (1756-1837)" . In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 7. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  • Yates, Nigel (ed). (2007). Bishop Burgess and his world : culture, religion and society in Britain, Europe and North America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. Digitised 2009. (ISBN 0-7083-2075-9) (ISBN 9780708320754)
  1. Tout 1886.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thomas Burgess (CCEd Person ID 23281), The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540–1835
  3. "Thomas Burgess, Bishop of Salisbury". British Museum Website. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  4.   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Burgess, Thomas". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 814.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Records of Past Fellows: Burgess, Thomas". The Royal Society. Retrieved 30 October 2020.