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Thomas Cheney

Also Known As: "Thomas Cheyney"
Birthplace: Shurland House, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England
Death: December 15, 1558 (72-73)
Minster, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England
Place of Burial: Sheerness or Queensborough, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Willam Cheney and Agnes Cheney
Husband of Frideswide Cheney and Anne Cheney
Partner of Wife of Thomas Cheney
Father of Cecily Kempe, of Eastchurch; Sir John Cheney; Anne Perrot; Sir Thomas Cheney; Elizabeth Gouldwell and 3 others
Brother of Johanne Cheyney; Edmund Cheyney and John Cheyney
Half brother of Francis Cheney

Occupation: Master of the Horse for Henry VIII, Knight of the Body and Parliament, High Sheriff-Kent, Knight of the Garter, Treasurer-the Household, Constable-Queensborough, Rochester, Saltwood, Dover Castles, Gentleman-the Privy Chamber, Warden-the Cinque Ports
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About Thomas Cheney, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports

Sir Thomas Cheney, (1482/87-1558), of the Blackfriars, London and Shurland, Isle of Sheppey, Kent. Born BET 1482/87, first son of William Cheney of Shurland (d. 8 May 1487) by his second wife, Agnes (Margaret) Young. Married first, by 1515, Frideswide (d. 1528/29), dau. and heiress of Sir Thomas Frowick of Finchley, Mdx., by whom he had one promising son, John, who was slain in France, and three daughters. Married second, disp. 24 May 1539, Anne, dau. of Sir John Broughton of Toddington, Beds., and Anne Sapcote, C. Bedford, by whom had one son and one daughter. Thomas had also one illegitimate daughter and one son. Kntd. by 10 Nov 1513, KG nom. 23 Apr; inst. 18 May 1539. Henchman, royal household temp. Henry VII; esquire of the body by 1509-15, knight 1515-26; constable, Queenborough castle, Kent 1512-d., Rochester castle 1525-d., Dover castle 1536-d. Saltwood castle 1540-d.; commr. subsidy, Kent 1512, 1514, 1515, 1523, 1524, tenths of spiritualities 1535, coastal defences 1539, loan 1542, benevolence 1544/45, array 1545, chantries 1546, goods of churches and fraternities 1550, relief, Kent, London, Canterbury, Household 1550, church goods, Kent 1553; sheriff, Kent 1515-16; j.p. 1526-d.; gent. privy chamber 1526-39, 1d. Warden of the Cinque Ports 17 May 1536-d.; ?high steward, lands of abpric. of Canterbury by 1536-16 Nov. 1540, treasurer, the Household 9 Mar 1539-d.; PC 1539-d.; 1d. Lt. Kent 1551-3; bailiff, Sandwich 16 Jun 1553-d., Dover 24 Oct 1557-d.; numerous minor offices.

Sir Thomas Cheney, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports

Born: ABT 1485, Shurland House, Eastchurch, Kent, England. Died: 15 Dec 1558, Minster, Kent, England. Buried: Trinity Church, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England

His parents were William Cheney (Esq.) and Agnes (Margaret) Young. He married first Frideswide FROWICH ABT 1509, Shurland House, Eastchurch, Kent, England


  1. Frances CHENEY
  2. John CHENEY
  3. Cecily (Catherine) CHENEY

He married second Anne Broughton (d. 1561) (dau. of Sir William Broughton) 1539, Toddington, Bedfordshire, England


  1. Anne CHENEY
  2. Henry CHENEY (1° B. Cheney of Toddington)

He had other children by an unknown woman (not a wife apparently):

  1. Frances CHENEY (b. ABT 1543)
  2. Son CHENEY


Thomas Cheney Bio on Tudor Place

Baron of the Cinque Ports

All Freemen of the Ports, termed "Portsmen", were deemed in the age of Feudalism to be barons, and thus members of the baronage entitled to attend the king's parliament. Termed "Barons of the Cinque Ports", they reflected an early concept that military service at sea constituted land tenure per baroniam making them quasi feudal barons. The early 14th-century treatise Modus Tenendi Parliamentum stated the Barons of the Cinque Ports to hold a place of precedence below the lay magnates but above the representatives of the shires and boroughs. Writs of summons to parliament were sent to the warden following which representative barons of the Cinque Ports were selected to attend parliament. Thus the warden's duty in this respect was similar to that of the sheriff who received the writs for distribution to the barons in the shires. The warden and barons often experienced clashes of jurisdiction. In the 21st century the title "Baron of the Cinque Ports" is now reserved for Freemen elected by the Mayor, Jurats, and Common Council of the Ports to attend a Coronation, and is solely honorary in nature. ( source: )

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Thomas Cheney, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports's Timeline

Shurland House, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England
Shurland House, Eastchurch, Kent, England
Shurland House, Eastchurch, Kent, England
Shurland House, Eastchurch, Kent, England
Gouldwell Hall, Gouldwell, Kent, England, UK
Shurland House, Eastchurch, Kent, England
Thorngumbold, Holderness, Yorkshire, England
May 31, 1540
December 15, 1558
Age 73
Minster, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England