Thomas Stukely (c.1520 - 1578) MP

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Birthplace: Wales
Death: Died
Occupation: English mercenary who served in combat in France, Ireland, and at the Battle of Lepanto
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About Thomas Stukely

Captain Thomas Stucley

The most colourful of the Stucleys raised in the family seat of Affeton was Captain Thomas Stucley, that notorious swashbuckler of the Elizabethan age.

The third son of yet another Sir Hugh Stucley of Affeton, a wealthy clothier who was sheriff of Devon in 1544, he was born around 1520 to Jane Pollard daughter of Sir Lewis Pollard, though it was claimed during his lifetime that Thomas was an illegitimate son of Henry VIII. A cohort of royalty and popes, his remarkable life included many adventures on the high seas as a mercenary and a pirate. He was also an arch manipulator and intriguer, acting as political advisor and diplomat to his Catholic friends and traitor to others, most notably Queen Elizabeth I of England who described him as 'a faithless beast rather than a man'. Thomas was widely portrayed in dramas and poetry after his heroic death in the Battle of Alcazar.

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