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Thomas Brunce

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Appointed  19 September 1437
Consecration  1 May 1435
Term ended  6 December 1445
Name  Thomas Brunce
Predecessor  William Alnwick
Role  7th Earl of Elgin
Successor  Walter Hart

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Other posts  Bishop of Rochester (1435–1437) Bishop of Worcester-elect (1433) Dean of Salisbury (1431–1435) Bishop of Chichester-elect (1429)
Died  November 14, 1841, Paris, France
Spouse  Mary Bruce, Countess of Elgin (m. 1799)
Parents  Charles Bruce, 5th Earl of Elgin
Children  James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin
Siblings  William Robert Bruce, 6th Earl of Elgin
Similar People  James Bruce - 8th Earl of El, Mary Bruce - Countess, Phidias, Victor Bruce - 9th Earl of El, George Gordon Byron

Thomas Brunce (c. 1388 – 6 December 1445) was a 15th-century Bishop of Rochester and then Bishop of Norwich.


Brunce was the son of William Brunce of Brunce's Court in Sutton Courtenay in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire). He studied at Oxford, possibly at New College, where he became friends with Thomas Beckington (later Bishop of Bath and Wells).

Brunce entered the Church and held a number of posts in Lincolnshire, being collated Archdeacon of Stow in 1419. He also undertook diplomatic missions on the Continent for King Henry V. In 1427 he was collated Archdeacon of Berkshire and in 1429 was elected Bishop of Chichester, although the latter position was given to Simon Sydenham instead. He was Dean of Salisbury (since 1431) when, Pope Eugene IV wanted to make him Bishop of Worcester on 24 September 1433, but King Henry VI of England had other ideas and he was made Bishop of Rochester instead on 21 February 1435.

Brunce was consecrated on 1 May 1435. On 19 September 1437, he was transferred to the see of Norwich, where he is remembered for upholding the rights of the Cathedral over the townsfolk and for erecting the great rood loft. He died on 6 December 1445 at the Episcopal manor of Hoxne in Suffolk.


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