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Thomas North, Kt.

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: circa 1604 (64-72)
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward North, 1st Baron North and Alice North
Husband of Elizabeth North and Judith Courthope
Father of Elizabeth Stuteville; Edward North and Roger North
Brother of Christian North, Countess of Worcester; Roger North, 2nd Lord North and Mary North
Half brother of Alice Arden; Agnes Brigandine; John Brigandine, Jr. and Edward Myrfin, Jr.

Occupation: justice of the peace, military officer, translator
Managed by: Mikaël Suzanne Joel Jubert
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About Sir Thomas North

Sir Thomas North (1535–1604) was an English justice of the peace, military officer and translator. His translation into English of Plutarch's Parallel Lives is notable for being a source text used by William Shakespeare for several of his plays.


According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica Eleventh Edition, "[i]t is almost impossible to overestimate the influence of North's vigorous English on contemporary writers, and some critics have called him the first master of English prose."[2]


Sir Thomas North is the son of Edward North, 1st Lord North and Alice Squire. (2) He translated Plutarch's Lives.(1) He was invested as a Knight.(1)

From Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 41 North, Thomas (1535?-1601?) by Frances Bushby

North was married: first, to Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. Colville of London, and widow of Robert Rich; and, secondly, to Judith, daughter of Henry Vesey of Isleham, Cambridgeshire, and widow of Robert Bridgwater. This lady was a third time married, to John Courthope, second son of John Courthope of Whiligh, Sussex. By his first wife he was father of Edward, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Wren of Haddenham, Isle of Ely; and Elizabeth, married in June 1579 to Thomas Stuteville of Brinkley, Cambridgeshire. Cooper mentions a third child, Roger, but the boy's name is absent from the family records; and if he ever existed, it is probable that he died in infancy.


  1. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 1690. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  2. [S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  3. Online Library of Liberty A collection of scholarly works about individual liberty and free markets.


Married 1: Elizabeth COLVILLE ABT 1560, London, Middlesex, England

The children listed below are not the ones described in DNB above. DNB is considered a reliable secondary source; TudorPlace has not cited their source


  • 1. Margaret NORTH
  • 2. Annis NORTH
  • 3. John NORTH

Married 2: Judith VESEY ABT 1570, Isleham, Cambridgeshire, England


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Sir Thomas North's Timeline

Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, England
Age 26
Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 28
Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 30
Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 69
January 14, 1936
Age 69
July 1, 1993
Age 69
September 20, 2001
Age 69