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BURGESS , THOMAS ( 1756 - 1837 ), bishop .

Born 18 Nov. 1756 at Odiham, Hants. , and educated there and at Winchester and Corpus Christi College , Oxford , where he entered as a scholar in 1775 . He took his B.A. in Dec. 1778 and his M.A. in 1782 . He was appointed Fellow of his college in 1783 and was ordained deacon and priest by bishop Cornwall of Winchester in 1784 . In 1794 he became a prebendary of Durham cathedral , and he also held the living of Winston in the same diocese.

In June 1803 he was appointed bishop of S. Davids , and forthwith began to institute reforms in the diocese. He licensed four grammar schools from which he would be willing to ordain men after a seven years course; he founded a society to promote Christian learning and Church union , and he proceeded to collect subscriptions for founding a college in Wales to prepare men for holy orders . He was manifestly successful in this work, and in 1822 he laid the foundation stone of S. David's College at Lampeter . He took a great interest in Welsh life and gave his patronage to the group of Welsh literary clergy who were active during the early part of the 19th cent. , and to the Carmarthen eisteddfod of 1819 .

He was translated to Salisbury in 1825 and d. there 19 Feb. 1837 .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Harford , The Life of Thomas Burgess, D. D. late Bishop of Salisbury (1840) .


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959