Ian White-Thomson

Ian Hugh White-Thomson (18 December 1904 – 11 January 1997)[1] was an eminent[2] Anglican[3] clergyman, the Dean of Canterbury[4] from 1963[5] to 1976.[6]

The son of a former Bishop of Ely, White-Thomson was educated at Harrow,[7] where he was a Monitor and in the Football XI, and Brasenose.[8] He was ordained after a period of study at Ripon College Cuddesdon in 1930 and began his career as a Curate at St Mary’s, Ashford, Kent.[9] After this he was Rector of S Martin’s with St Paul’s, Canterbury[10] then Chaplain[11] to[12] three successive[13] Archbishops of Canterbury. He was a Governor of his old school from 1947 to 1962 and Archdeacon of Northumberland from [14] 1955 to 1963. In 1971 was made an honorary doctor of civil law by the University of Kent;[15] and in 1976 a Freeman of the City of Canterbury.


  1. The Very Rev Ian White-Thomson. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, January 14, 1997; pg. 23; Issue 65786
  2. London Gazette
  3. Piltsdown peals
  4. Dean defends secrecy over closure of choir school. The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Dec 15, 1971; pg. 3; Issue 58351
  5. New Dean Of Canterbury Chosen. The Times (London, England), Monday, May 13, 1963; pg. 12; Issue 55699
  6. Dean plans to retire. The Times (London, England), Friday, Dec 12, 1975; pg. 2; Issue 59576
  7. Harrow Photos
  8. “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 9780199540877
  9. Crockford's Clerical Directory Oxford, OUP, 1948
  10. National Archives
  11. National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  12. Lambeth Palace Library
  13. BBC - WW2 People's War - Baedecker Raid of 42 Archived December 16, 2010, at WebCite
  14. Ecclesiastical News. The Times (London, England), Monday, Oct 18, 1954; pg. 8; Issue 53065
  15. Honorary graduates 1970-79 - About Kent -University of Kent Archived December 16, 2010, at WebCite
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hewlett Johnson
Dean of Canterbury
1963 1976
Succeeded by
Victor de Waal
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