Tory anti-exclusionism in church and state: Richard Thompson of Bristol in 1678–85

William Gibson
2016 Seventeenth century  
This article examines the career of Richard Thompson, briefly Dean of Bristol in 1685, as an example of a clergyman of Tory royalist and anti-exclusion principles. Thompson's public attack on the Popish Plot and impugning of the exclusionist cause led to his attempted impeachment by the House of Commons in December 1680. Only the prorogation of parliament in January prevented his impeachment. Nevertheless Thompson remained a figure strongly associated with the anti-exclusion cause in Bristol.
more » ... s fractious behaviour brought him to the attention of Archbishop Sancroft on a number of occasions. But this did not prevent his advancement to a prebend and then the deanery of Bristol. His sermon during the Monmouth rebellion is one of the highest expressions of Tory theology. Thompson's extreme High Tory position therefore also serves to illustrate the spectrum of views within Toryism in the late 1670s and 1680s.
doi:10.1080/0268117x.2016.1196603 fatcat:xhb6w2ahyfdchjwolc7vjgvybe