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John Thornborough

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John Thornborough (1551–1641) was an English bishop.


In a long ecclesiastical career, he was employed as a chaplain by the Earl of Pembroke, and Queen Elizabeth. He was bishop of Limerick in 1593, bishop of Bristol in 1603, and bishop of Worcester from 1617.[1]

He was tolerant of Puritans, shielding the future biographer Samuel Clarke (1599–1683).[2]

He wrote an alchemical book, Lithotheorikos of 1621.[3] He is known to have employed Simon Forman.[4] Robert Fludd dedicated Anatomiae Amphitheatrum (1623) to Thornborough.[5]


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Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Casey
Bishop of Limerick
Succeeded by
Bernard Adams
since 1593
Title last held by
Richard Fletcher
Bishop of Bristol
Succeeded by
Nicholas Felton
Preceded by
Henry Parry
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
John Prideaux

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