Hereford City Heritage
The Mayor’s Chain
Thomas Traherne, MA (1636/7 to 1674)
He was born in Hereford, son of a shoemaker, and educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1652, achieving an MA in arts and divinity nine years later. After receiving his degree in 1656 he took holy orders and worked for ten years as a parish priest in Credenhill, near Hereford, before becoming the private chaplain to Sir Orlando Bridgeman, the Lord Keeper of the Seals of Charles ll, and minister at Teddington in 1667. He died at Bridgeman’s house at Teddington on or about 27 September 1674 and is buried in St Mary’s Church under the reading desk.