A cleric of the reformed Church of England under Edward VI, after the Restoration he was a chaplain to Queen Mary, who gave him preferment and created him Dean of Exeter in 1555. He also served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. On the accession of Elizabeth I, the formalities for his post as bishop were not yet complete and he was deprived. He died in the Marshalsea Prison.
Reynolds was the uncle of John Reynolds and William Reynolds, of a family near Pinhoe, Devon. Adam Hamilton has argued for a relationship to Richard Reynolds, and incidentally for an identification of Thomas Reynolds as a Catholic at an earlier period of his life.
- H. E. Salter and Mary D. Lobel, ed. (1954). "Merton College". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. British History Online. Victoria County History. pp. 95–106.
- Norman Leslie Jones, The English Reformation: religion and cultural adaptation (2002), p. 116.
- Thomas Fowler, Corpus Christi (1898), p. 90.
- Adam Hamilton, The Angel of Syon: the life and martyrdom of Blessed Richard Reynolds, martyred at Tyburn, May 4, 1535 (1905), pp. 91–92.
| Warden of Merton College, Oxford
| Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
|Church of England titles|
| Bishop of Hereford