Brightman, Thomas an English Puritan divine, was born at Nottingham, in 1557, and educated at Queen's College, Cambridge. He became rector of Hawnes, in Bedfordshire, and died August 24, 1607. His character was saintly, but his writings are highly fanciful; they were published collectively (Lond. 1644), and include, Apoclypsis Analysiet Scholiis, etc. (1609): — a work on Canticles, and a portion of the book of Daniel (1614): — and Predictions and Prophecies written forty-six years since, concerning the three Churches of Gernmanie, England, and Scotland (1641). See Rose, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Fuller, Worthies of England (ed. Nuttall), 2:575; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.