Thomas Bodley
(1545-1613)

Died aged c. 68

Sir Thomas Bodley (2 March 1545 – 28 January 1613) was an English diplomat and scholar, founder of the modern Bodleian Library, Oxford.

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Photo of John Shillingford, Dean and Chapter of Exeter, John Bodley, and Thomas Bodley blue plaque
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The Dean and Chapter of Exeter in 1394–5 built a house on this site in which John Shillingford, a notable mayor, resided from 1423 to 1458. From 1543 to 1554 John Bodley, merchant, lived there and it is accepted that it was the birthplace of his son, Sir Thomas Bodley, founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, who was born in Exeter on 2nd March 1544.

Corner of Gandy Street and High Street, Exeter, United Kingdom where he was born (1545)