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Thomas Baskerville, Knight

Also Known As: "Sir Thomas Baskerville", "MP", "of Bayworth in the parish of Sunningwell"
Birthplace: Sunningwell Parish, Bayworth, Berkshire, England
Death: June 04, 1597 (52-61)
Saint-Valery, Oise, Picardy, France (Fever)
Place of Burial: London, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Baskerville and Anne Rufford
Husband of Mary Scudamore
Father of Hannibal Baskerville, Esq.
Brother of Capt. Nicholas Baskerville; John Baskerville and Arnold Baskerville

Occupation: Military and naval commander
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About General Sir Thomas Baskerville, of Goodrest

Thomas Baskerville

  • Death: June 4 1597 St. Valery, Picardy, France
  • Burial: Old St Paul's, London
  • Father: Henry Baskerville
  • Wife: Mary Throckmorton d 1632
  • Son: Hannyball Baskerville 1597 - 1668

Sir Thomas Baskerville (died 1597), was an English general and MP. Knighted 1588.


From Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 03 Baskerville, Thomas d 1597. by Thompson Cooper:

BASKERVILLE, Sir THOMAS (d. 1597), general, was the son of Henry Baskerville, Esq., of the city of Hereford, and is described as of Good Rest, Warwickshire. He obtained a high reputation as a military commander. In the Harleian MSS. there is an account of his voyage after the great treasure at Porto Rico, when he was general of Queen Elizabeth's Indian armada. He was sent with Lord Willoughby to France to assist Henry IV in 1589. He was M.P. for Carmarthen borough in 1592. Subsequently he commanded the troops despatched to Brittany (1594) and Picardy (1596). He died of a fever at Picqueny, in Picardy, on 4 June 1597, and was buried in the new choir of St. Paul's, beneath a monument, consumed in the fire of London in 1666. He married Mary, daughter of Sir Thomas Throgmorton. He left a son, Hannibal [q. v.]


  • [Dugdale's Hist. of St. Paul's (ed. Ellis), 72; Life of Anthony à Wood (ed. Bliss), xxxiii, xxxiv; Harl. MS. 4762; Addit. MS. 14284, p. 66; Thomas's Hist. Notes, i. 393; Gent. Mag. xcv. (ii.) 315.]

additional biographical notes


"Her first husband was Sir Thomas Baskerville of Bayworth in the parish of Sunningwell, Berkshire (d. June 4, 1597). It is not certain when they married, but it seems to have been a love match. Letters he wrote to her survive, some addressed to his “sweet Moll.” Unfortunately, none of her replies are extant. Mary accompanied her husband to Picardy, where she gave birth to their only child, a son named Hannibal (April 5, 1597-1668) in St. Valery. The earl of Essex was the boy’s godfather. Less than two months later, Baskerville died of a fever."

From History of Parliament online:

Having been sergeant major of foot under the Earl of Essex in 1591 ... He subsequently returned to his military duties in Brittany and the Netherlands. In 1595 he commanded the land forces accompanying Drake and Hawkins on their last expedition to the Indies, frequently mediating between the two admirals, and, on Drake’s death, succeeded to the command and brought the expedition home. He then returned to France where he died of a fever in June 1597. He was buried in St. Paul’s cathedral.
His nuncupative will, drawn up on his deathbed, contained legacies to a number of servants, a preacher, and a relation, John Tomkins. ‘For thee, Jack’, the testator declared, ‘I am most sorry that I cannot do as I would, for I meant to make thee as my child’. His wife and executrix was to enjoy his estate during her lifetime. The Earl of Essex, he trusted, ‘will have a care of ... my young son’; this was Hannibal Baskerville, the antiquary.


Sir Thomas Throckmorton, of Totworth, co. Gloucester, Sheriff of Gloucestershire (d. 1586), mar. Margaret Whittington, dau. and cohrss. of Thomas Whittington, of Pauntley, and had issue:

2e. Mary Throckmorton (d. 17 Oct 1632), mar. (1) General Sir Thomas Baskerville, of Goodrest, co. Warwick (d. 1597), and (2) 1599 Sir James Scudamore (dvp. 14 Apr 1619)


"By her first husband, Mary had one son, Hannibal (5 April 1597 – 1668). ..."

career notes

From [ Sir Francis Drake: A Pictorial Biography by Hans P. Kraus The Last Voyage, 1595-1596

"On the Spanish side, the defenses at Panama were commanded by Don Alonso de Sotomayor (1545-1610), a soldier of great experience, who was sent there by the Viceroy of Peru and made commander-in-chief ("Capitan General"). The English troops were under Sir Thomas Baskerville (d. 1597) ("Coronel Tomas" in the text). Their attempt to cross the isthmus was defeated, and soon after this Drake died. .... "The same day we ankered at Puerto Bello, being the best harbour we found along the maine both for great ships and small...After our comming hither to anker, and the solemne buriall of our Generall sir Francis in the sea: Sir Thomas Baskervill being aboord the Defiance,... M. Bride made a sermon, having to his audience all the captaines in the fleete."


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General Sir Thomas Baskerville, of Goodrest's Timeline

Sunningwell Parish, Bayworth, Berkshire, England
April 5, 1597
Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Somme, Picardy, France
June 4, 1597
Age 57
Saint-Valery, Oise, Picardy, France
June 4, 1597
Age 57
Old St. Paul's, London, Middlesex, England