Thomas Thornton ca.1541-1629

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Thomas THORNTON ca.1541-1629

Biographical Note

BA Christ Church, Oxford 1560, MA 1563, BD 1570, DD 1583; Canon of Christ Church 1568, Vice-Chancellor 1583, 1599. Canon of Hereford Cathedral and of Worcester 1573, Master of Ledbury Hospital, custos of Hereford Cathedral Library 1595-7, 1610-17.


Thornton was much involved in reforming and refashioning Hereford Cathedral Library, partly at his own expense. He enforced the payment of installations fees for Library income, created a donors' book (1611), and built chained bookcases, largely modelled on those in the Bodleian Library. He bequeathed a manuscript and 28 printed books to the Library, including a number of chronicles.


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