Thomas Bek (bishop of St David's)

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St David's Cathedral where Thomas Bek was bishop.

Thomas Bek, Beck, or Becke (died 12 May 1293) was a Bishop of St David's in Wales.[1]

Bek was the second son of Walter Bek of Ereseby, Lincolnshire, England and the elder brother of Antony Bek, the Bishop of Durham.

Bek was educated at Oxford University. Between 1269–73, he was Chancellor of the University.[2][3]

Thomas Bek entered the Royal Household as keeper of the wardrobe in October 1274 and was temporarily custodian of the Great Seal in 1279. He was a trusted servant of King Edward I and obtained many important and wealthy ecclesiastical positions. He was an Archdeacon of Dorset and became Bishop of St David's in 1280 until his death in 1293, founding two collegiate churches and two hospitals in the bishopric.


  1. ^ Walker, David. "Bek , Thomas". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/1972.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "Appendix 5: Chancellors of the University". The Encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. pp. 521–522. ISBN 0-333-39917-X. 
  3. ^ Wood, Anthony (1790). "Fasti Oxonienses". The History and Antiquities of the Colleges and Halls in the University of Oxford. Google Books. p. 13. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Nicholas de Ewelme
Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Succeeded by
William de Bosco
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Gerard de Grandson
Archdeacon of Dorset
Succeeded by
Henry Brandeston
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Richard Carew
Bishop of St David's
Succeeded by
David Martyn

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