RAVIS, THOMAS, son of Thomas Ravis, Malden, Surrey, and Mary, widow of Robert Benson, Kingston on Thames, Surrey, and Knaresborough, Yorks., and dau. of Thomas De Lisle, Reigate, Surrey; b. c. 1560; adm.; QS; elected to Christ Church, Oxford 6 Jul 1575, Westminster Student to 1591; Ravis and Edward Carew (qv) were at first refused admittance to their Studentships, but were ultimately admitted after an appeal to Lord Burghley; BA 1578; MA 3 Mar 1581/2; BD 1589; DD 1595; Proctor 1588; ordained 1582; Vicar of All Hallows, Barking, London 27 Dec 1591 – May 1598; Prebendary of Westminster 2 Feb 1592/3-1607; Dean of Christ Church, Oxford 1596 – 1604/5 (the first OW to hold that preferment); Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Univ. 1596-8; Vicar of Islip, Oxfordshire 7 Jul 1598; Vicar of Wittenham Abbas, Berks., Oct 1598; attended Hampton Court Conference 1604; one of Oxford Committee deputed to translate part of New Testament; consecrated Bishop of Gloucester 17 Mar 1604/5; translated to London 18 May 1607; a determined opponent of nonconformity; m. Alice, sister of Rev. Robert Tinley DD (subsequently wife of Sir John Borlase, Kt, Master of the Ordnance); d. 14 Dec 1609. DNB.