Thomas Wilson

Date 1523/4–1581
Biographical NotesHumanist and administrator. Influenced by John Cheke. Friend of Martin Bucer, Francis Walsingham, Thomas Smith, Roger Ascham. Tutor to Robert Dudley. After the accession of Mary I he went into exile and studied at the University of Padua. Imprisoned for nine months under the Inquisition. He recounted this episode in the preface to the second edition of 'The Arte of Rhetorique' (1560). This work, his most important, represents a significant contribution to Tudor humanist endeavour. He was elected to the Privy Council in 1577 and was secretary to the Queen along with Walsingham. Elected to parliament 1563 and 1566. Appointed Dean of Durham in 1579. See ODNB.
Work(s)Author of [An Oration Deliberatiue in Wilson's Arte of Rhetorique] (1553) in The Arte of Rhetorique for the use of all Suche as are Studious of Eloquence, Sette Forth in English