John Thurloe

Biography of John Thurloe

John Thurloe (c 1616-1668) was Chancellor of the University from 1658 until 1660.

Thurloe was a lawyer who became Secretary to the Council of State in Oliver Cromwell's Protectorate and acted as Cromwell's international spymaster. He became an MP in 1654. In 1658 he was appointed Chancellor, apparently through the influence of the Principal Patrick Gillespie, who had met with Cromwell in Glasgow in 1650 and had been appointed Principal by him in 1652. Thurloe was arrested for treason by Royalist authorities in 1660 but was not brought to trial on the condition that he retire from public life.


John Thurloe
Politician and Spymaster

Born 1616.
Died 21 February 1668.
University Link: Chancellor
Occupation categories: civil servants; lawyers; politicians
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P159209
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