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Thomas Bromley

Birthplace: Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: Died in City of Westminster, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of George Bromley and Elizabeth Or Jane Bromley
Husband of Abigail Bromley and Elizabeth Fortescue
Father of Henry Bromley; Janet Jane Dunham; Joan Bromley; Muriel Lyttleton; Elizabeth Cromwell and 4 others
Brother of George Bromley, Sir

Managed by: James Cuming Alexander
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About Thomas Bromley, Lord Chancellor

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Sir Thomas Bromley (1530 – 11 April 1587) was an English lord chancellor.


  1. 1 Life
  2. 2 Family
  3. 3 Legacy
  4. 4 References
  5. 5 Notes


He was born in Staffordshire, was educated at Oxford University and then called to the bar at the Middle Temple. Through family influence as well as the patronage of Sir Nicholas Bacon, the lord keeper, he quickly made progress in his profession.

In 1566 he was appointed recorder of London, and in 1569 he became solicitor-general. He sat in parliament successively for Bridgnorth, Wigan and Guildford. On the death of Sir Nicholas Bacon in 1579 he was appointed lord chancellor.

He presided over the commission which tried Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1586, but the strain of the trial and the responsibility of ordering the execution of a monarch proved too much for his strength, and he died soon after. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.


His wife was Elizabeth Fortesque, daughter of Sir Adrian Fortesque, and by her he had four sons and four daughters. His eldest son was Sir Henry Bromley.[1]


His rule in Shelley's Case is a landmark in the history of English real property law. Queen Elizabeth I granted the Manor of Great Malvern in Malvern, Worcestershire, to Sir Thomas, and it remained in the possession of his family through several generations, until sold by Lord Mountfort in about 1740.[2]


  • Foss, Lives of the Judges
  • Campbell, Lives of the Lord Chancellors.
  • This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.


  • N. G. Jones, ‘Bromley, Sir Thomas (c.1530–1587)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [1], accessed 28 Jan 2009
  • Chambers, John (1817). A General History of Malvern. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown. Retrieved 4 January 2010. Also published in 2008 by Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 1-4367-2852-5. p.12.
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Thomas Bromley, Lord Chancellor's Timeline

Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England
Hallow, Worcestershire, England
Hallow, Worcestershire, England
Age 26
Castle Holt, Holt, Worcestershire, England
Age 31
Worcestershire, England
Age 31
City of Westminster, Middlesex, England
Age 32
Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England
Age 36
Frankley, Worcestershire, England
Age 36
Gwynedd, Wales
Age 36
Holt Castle, Worcestershire