Thomas Postlethwaite

Thomas Postlethwaite
Born 1731
Milnthorpe, Westmorland, England
Died 4 May 1798(1798-05-04) (aged 66–67)
Bath, Somerset, England
Residence England
Nationality English
Fields Mathematician
Institutions Trinity College, Cambridge
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Academic advisors Stephen Whisson
Notable students Thomas Jones

Thomas Postlethwaite (1731 4 May 1798) was an English clergyman and Cambridge fellow, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1789 to 1798.


Thomas Postlethwaite was the son of Richard Postlethwaite of Crooklands, near Milnthorpe, Westmorland. He went to school in St Bees before entering Trinity College, Cambridge as a sizar in 1749. Graduating BA in 1753, he became a fellow of Trinity in 1755.[1] He was Barnaby lecturer in Mathematics in 1758. Ordained in 1756, he was from 1774 until his death Rector of Hamerton. He was appointed Master of Trinity in 1789, and in 1791 served as university Vice-Chancellor.[1] He died at Bath on 4 May 1798 and is buried in Bath Abbey church.

He is mainly remembered for depriving the Cambridge classicist Richard Porson of his income, apparently in an attempt to force him to take Holy Orders.[2]


  1. 1 2 "Postlethwaite, Thomas (PSTT749T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. E.H.Barker, Literary Reminiscences, vol 2, 1852, p.9.
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Hinchcliffe
Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
William Lort Mansel

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