Thomas Washbourne D.D.

Thomas Washbourne D.D. (abt. 1606 - 1687)

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Rev. Dr. Thomas "Rector of Dumbleton, Prebend of Gloucester" Washbourne D.D.
Born about in Wichenford Court, Wichenford, Worcestershire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
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"We are born alike, being hew'd all out of the same Rock, our father Adam: 'tis only vertue and noble actions that distinguish and set above the vulgar." Thomas Washbourne[1]



Thomas Washbourne was born at Wichenford Court, Wichenford, Worcestershire, England, in 1606. [2] The Court is a quarter mile from the church of St. Lawrence, where the Washbourne arms are the highest shield on the wall.[3] Effigy tombs inside the church are of Thomas Washbourne's brother, father, mother and grandfather.[3] His father and grandfather's effigies are in 17th-century armour.[3] An effigy tomb for Thomas is missing in the parish church because he was buried in the Cathedral at Gloucester (see below).
"Washbourne, Thomas, son of John, of Wichenford, co Worcester; admitted to BALLIOL COLLEGE 1622, B.A, 13 Feb. 1625-6, M.A. 25 June 1628. B.D. (Bachelor of Divinity), 1 April 1636, created D.D. (Doctor of Divinity), 16 August 1660. rector of Loddington, Northamps, 1639-40, rector of Dumbleton, co. Gloucester, 1641, canon of Gloucester 1660; died 6 May 1687, buried in Gloucester cathedral."[4]
Thomas was Rector of Loddington and of Dumbleton, Prebend and Canon of Gloucester Cathedral


"These are the outward Facts of our Worthy's Life --- save that he married --- date unknown --- a daughter of the famous Dean Fell, by whom he had a large family."

A letter dated to abt. Jan 7, 1650, from Rev. Dr. Thomas to Robert Sanderson, D.D., sometime Bishop of Lincoln, is cited as the source for the name of his wife and father-in-law. Below is the specific quote from the letter:

"Had my wife's father, Dr. Fell, late Dean of Christ Church, and your friend, been now alive, I should have made him my pilot in this storm" ... " which is the main subsistence of my family, a wife and five or* six small children."

The "or" seems odd, perhaps the "sixth" child was a perspective gift?[5]

James Davenport writes: "His wife was Dorothy daughter of Samuel Fell DD, Dean of Christ Church and sister of John Fell, Bishop of Oxford; she was born at Freshwater January 22nd 1618, being one of the elder of thirteen children: her brother was born in 1625 and died 1686. The present dean of Christ Church (Dr. Strong), kindly supplies the dates of three of their children baptised at Christchurch: Samuel Jan 5th 1640, Thomas Jan 21st 1643, John, Dec 28th 1643. Another son Charles, born about 1649, is recorded in Al. Ox....... Apparently the bride mentioned in the following marriage licence from the registry of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Vicar-General was a daughter of Thomas: "July 2 1669 John Hemming of St Martin in Fields citizen and apothecary bach abt 30 & Dorothy Washburne of same sp abt 18 consent of father Dr Washburne Dr of Divinity at St Martins aforesaid..."[6]


As one would expect from a church minister, his poetry is about faith and love of God. Some are poetic sermons. Many of them have an "everyday" touch about them.


  1. Washbourne, Thomas. "The Poems of Thomas Washbourne] with Memorial Introduction, 1868. (p 28)
  2. The Poems of Thomas Washbourne, page 16
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Victoria County History
  4. Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886) for Thomas Washbourne (Thomas's son Charles is also here, and assorted brothers, nephews etc)
  5. pp 20, 37, 38 Washbourne, Thomas. "The Poems of Thomas Washbourne] with Memorial Introduction, 1868.
  6. Davenport, Rev. James: The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford (1907) Methuen, London pp. 125-6. (Ancestry seems to think this is an American book.)

See also:

  • Visitation of Worcestershire 1569, page 143, Washburne pedigree. Thomas's father John is at the bottom left-hand corner. (There is no Washburne pedigree in the 1682 Visitation.)
  • Victoria County History: A History of the County of Worcester, Volume 3 (London, 1913), pp. 561-6 (Wichenford), at British History Online (accessed 17 August 2015).
  • Pollard, Albert Frederick. "Washbourne, Thomas" Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 59. at Wikisource

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Cover page for The Collected Poems of Thomas Washbourne, D.D.
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On 12 Oct 2015 at 03:16 GMT Dale Gatherum-Goss wrote:


I a madding information on various Reverends from the "Clergy of the Church of England database" and wanted to note the following for inclusion here: Person: Washborne, Thomas (1639 - 1687)

CCEd Person ID: 159933 Show all records Key to Code Numbers View Person Record for Washborne , Thomas

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Foster (as WASHBOURNE): s. John, of Wichenford, co. Worcester; admitted to Balliol Coll. 1622, B.A. 13 Feb., 1625-6, M.A. 25 June, 1628, B.D. 1 April, 1636, created D.D. 16 Aug., 1660; rector of Loddington, Northants, 1639-40 rector of Dumbleton, co. Gloucester, 1641, canon of Gloucester 1660; died 6 May, 1687, buried in Gloucester cathedral. See Ath. iv. 212. More info available on CCED

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