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Thomas Windsor, MP

Birthplace: Stanwell, Middlesex, England
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Andrew Windsor, 1st Baron Windsor and Lady Elizabeth Windsor (Blount), Baroness Windsor
Husband of Mary Beckingham
Father of Andrew Windsor and Miles Windsor
Brother of Elizabeth Windsor; Andrew Windsor; George Windsor; William Windsor, MP, 2nd Baron Windsor; Sir Edmund Windsor of Stoke Poges and 3 others

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About Thomas Windsor, MP

Family and Education b. by 1517, 4th but 3rd surv. s. of Sir Andrew Windsor, 1st Lord Windsor, and bro. of William. m. by 1538, Mary, da. and h. of Thomas Beckingham of London and Buscot, Berks., 5s. 4da.1

Offices Held

?Serjeant-at-arms in 1544; carver to King Philip June 1554.2

Biography Thomas Windsor might have been expected to follow his father and three brothers at the Middle Temple, but although his admission could have been obscured by a gap in the records there is no other indication that he belonged to the inn or practised law; such career as he had lay in the royal household, where he appears to have been for a time a serjeant-at-arms. It was probably his nephew and namesake who accompanied an embassy to France in 1546, but the younger Windsor died in 1552 and it was the uncle who in 1554 was seconded as a carver to the suite of King Philip. A modest beneficiary in lands and goods under his father’s will, Windsor made an advantageous marriage which in 1551 put him in possession of several Berkshire manors and the arrears of income from them for about 16 years; by 1547 he also had a lease of the bishop of Winchester’s manor of Bentley. It was his nephew who two years later leased ex-church property in Darlington, but in 1553 Windsor paid £1,000 for a manor at Iver, Buckinghamshire, and also leased South Mimms, Middlesex, from another nephew. During his later years he seems to have overstretched his resources: when he died he still owed £400 for the last lease and he had mortgaged the Iver property for £1,000.3

At the beginning of Mary’s reign Windsor was granted an annuity of £10 for ‘service at Framlingham’ and his election for Reigate is sufficiently explained by his position at court. The borough was normally controlled by the Howard family, represented there at this time by Lord William Howard, whose cousin Sir George Howard had been appointed with Windsor to Philip’s household. As a Member of this Parliament Windsor is not named among those who opposed one of the government’s bills.4

Windsor died intestate and in December 1567 his widow was given the administration of his property. She herself died in May 1574, and her will and inquisition indicate that she was a woman of some wealth and standing. The heir Andrew was aged 36 and more at his mother’s death. The second son Miles, of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, was to be described as ‘a tolerable Latin poet, but a better orator’, and his ‘popish affections’ were to lead to his withdrawal from university.5

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558 Author: S. R. Johnson Notes 1. Date of birth estimated from marriage. Vis. Surr. (Harl. Soc. xliii), 186; PCC Admins. ed. Glencross, i. 82; PCC 21, 46 Martyn. 2. LP Hen. VIII, xix; CSP Span. 1554, p. 297. 3. PCC 23 Spert; LP Hen. VIII, xxi; VCH Berks. iii. 283, 480; iv. 538; VCH Bucks. iii. 290; VCH Hants, iv. 27-28; Eccles. 2/155888A, 155897; CPR, 1550-3, p. 45; 1563-6, pp. 150-1; C142/146/188, 170/7; Req.2/35/101. 4. Lansd. 156(28), f. 90. 5. PCC Admins. i. 82; PCC 21 Martyn; C3/146/5; 142/146/188, 170/7; Wood, Ath. Ox. ed. Bliss, ii. 358.

  • 'Plantagenet ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families By Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham
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  • 13. Elizabeth Stratton, daughter and heiress, born about 1425. She married about 1439 John Andrew (or Andrews), Esq., of Baylham, Suffolk, laywer, Burgess for Ipswich and Bletchingley, Suffolk, son of James Andrews, of Ipswich, Suffolk, by Alice, daughter and heiress of John Weyland. He was born perhaps about 1415. They had two daughters, Elizabeth and Anne. ....
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  • 14. Elizabeth Andrew, 1st daughter and co-heiress. She married (1st) before 1 Feb. 1465/6 Thomas Windsor, Esq., of Stanwell, Middlesex, and West Hagbourne, Berkshire, lawyer, Usher of the Chamber, Constable of Windsor Castle, Knight of the Shire for Middlesex, son and heir of Miles Windsor, Esq., of Stanwell, Middlesex, by Joan, daughter of Walter Green. He was born about 1441 (aged 11 in 1452). They had three sons, Andrew, Andrew (2nd of name), Knt., K.B. [1st Lord Windsor], and Anthony, Knt., and four daughters, Elizabeth, Bridget, Alice and Anne.
  • 15. Andrew Windsor, Knt., K.B., of Stanwell, Middlesex, member of the Middle Temple, Keeper of the Great Wardrobe, Steward of Windsor, Privy Councillor, Sheriff of cos. Buckingham and Bedford, Knight of the Shire for Buckinghamshire, 2nd but 1st surviving son and heir, born in Feb. 1467 (aged 18 in 1485). He married about 1490 Elizabeth Blount, daughter of William Blount, Knt., of Derby, by Margaret, daughter and eventual co-heiress of Thomas Echingham, Knt., of Etchingham, Sussex (descendant of King Henry III) [see ECHINGHAM 13.i for her ancestry]. She was born shortly before 1471 and was elder sister and co-heiress of Edward Blount, 2nd Lord Mountjoy. They had four sons, George, William [2nd Lord Windsor], Edmund, and 'Thomas', and four daughters, Elizabeth (wife of Peter Vavasour, Knt.), Anne (wife of Roger Corbet), Edith, and Eleanor.
  • Children of Andrew Windsor, Knt., K. B., by Elizabeth Blount:
  • i. Edith Windsor [see next].
  • ii. Eleanor Windsor, married Edward Neville, Knt., of Addington Park, Kent [see BERGAVENNY 13.ii].
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Thomas Windsor, MP's Timeline

Stanwell, Middlesex, England
Age 15
Age 22
Age 52
March 15, 1941
Age 52
February 4, 1942
Age 52
November 10, 1953
Age 52