Sir Thomas Gooch 2nd Bt
Painted and engraved by John Theordore Heins 1741
of Norwich, Norfolk
Sir Thomas Gooch, 2nd Baronet (1674–1754) was an English bishop. His father was Thomas Gooch of Yarmouth. The younger Thomas was educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, which he entered in 1691. He graduated B.A. in 1694, and M.A. in 1698. He became chaplain to Henry Compton, Bishop of London, and preached at his funeral in 1713. Subsequently he was chaplain to Queen Anne, and rector of St Clement Eastcheap and St Martin Orgar. He was archdeacon of Essex from 1714 to 1737. He was Master of Gonville and Caius from 1716 and became successively Bishop of Bristol in 1737, Bishop of Norwich in 1738, and Bishop of Ely in 1747. In 1751 he inherited the title of baronet from his brother Sir William Gooch, 1st Baronet. Thomas Gooch’s first wife was Mary Sherlock, daughter of William Sherlock. They had a son, Sir Thomas Gooch, 3rd Baronet of Benacre. He married twice more. He died at Ely Palace, and was buried in the chapel at Gonville and Caius, where there a monument to him on the south wall. A copy of the above engraving is in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The original of this painting is possibly located in the Christchurch Mansion Museum and Art Gallery, Ipswich.
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