Shaw, Thomas, an English clergyman and traveler, was born at Kendal, Westmoreland, about 1692, and entered Queen's College, Oxford, Oct. 5, 1711. He took. his degree of bachelor of arts July 5, 1716, was made master of arts Jan. 16, 1719, went into orders, and became chaplain to the English factory at Algiers. Here he remained several years, spending much of his time in traveling. He was chosen fellow of his college March 16, 1727, and on his return to England (1733), took the degree of doctor of divinity. In 1740 he became principal of St. Edmund's Hall, and received also the living of Bramley, Hants; He was regius professor of Greek at Oxford till his death, which occurred Aug. 15, 1751. Mr. Shaw published, Travels, etc., in Barbary and the Levant (Oxf. 1738): — Vindication of the Above (Lond.1757, 4to), with supplement. See Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.; Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.