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Thomas Bromley, Kt.

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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, of Hodnet and Jane Bromley
Husband of Elizabeth Fortescue
Father of Sir Henry Bromley, Kt., MP; Janet Dunham; Joan Greville; Muriel Lyttleton; Elizabeth Cromwell and 4 others
Brother of Sir George Bromley, Kt., MP

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About Sir Thomas Bromley, Lord Chancellor

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Bromley :

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

Contents


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

Life

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.

Family

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]

Legacy

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]

References

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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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Sir Thomas Bromley, Lord Chancellor's Timeline

1530
1530
Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England
1530
Hallow, Worcestershire, England
1530
Hallow, Worcestershire, England
1556
1556
Age 26
Holt, Worcestershire, England
1561
1561
Age 31
City of Westminster, Middlesex, England
1562
1562
Age 32
Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England
1566
1566
Age 36
Holt, Worcestershire, England
1566
Age 36
Frankley, Worcestershire, England
1566
Age 36
Gwynedd, Wales
1566
Age 36
Latham, Lancashire, England