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Thomas Murfyn, Knight

Also Known As: "Mervyn", "Murfin"
Birthplace: Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: Died in Stepney (within present London), Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: London, Middlesex, England, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of George Mervin, of Cambridgeshire and Katherine Mervyn
Husband of Alice Mervyn; Elizabeth Denys and Alice Murfyn
Father of John Mervyn; Richard Mervyn; Francis Mervyn; Thomas Mervyn; Margaret Mervyn and 7 others

Occupation: Skinner, Sheriff, Lord Mayor of London (1618)
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About Sir Thomas Mirfyn, Lord Mayor of London

Thomas Murfyn was a native of Ely, in Cambridgeshire, and son of George Murfyn, or Murfine. He was a skinner, or a member of the Skinners' Guild, in London, and served the office of Sheriff of London with Nicholas Shelton, in 1511, and was Lord Mayor in 1518. He probably was not knighted until after his election to the mayoralty.


Sir Thomas married first to Alice. Their surviving children were Edward, heir with two sisters; and George, a monk.

Sir Thomas' second wife was Elizabeth, only daughter and heiress of Sir Angel Donne, knt. alderman of London, by a daughter of ——— Hawarden/Howard, of Cheshire; one of their daughters, Mary, married another Lord Mayor of London, Andrew Judde. He also had a daughter, Frances, who married Richard Williams (alias Cromwell). She died at Stepney and was buried there on 20 February 1533.

Sir Thomas' last wife survived him and re-married to Sir Thomas Denys/Dennis, knt. by whom she had Sir Robert Denys/Dennis, knt. who by Mary, daughter of William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy, had Thomas Denys/Dennis.

The arms of the Murfyns were, Or, on a bend sabla' an estoilee arg. those of Dom, Azure, seme of cross-closslets or, an unicorn salient, arg.

Mirfyn is listed as one of the graves lost in the Great Fire of London in 1666, on a monument in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, together with several other Lord Mayors.

biographical notes

"He was quite an extraordinary character. Not only did he hold high civic office, but he also helped to open up the Hanseatic Ports of Antwerp and Bruges to successful trading and provided fleets of armed ships to protect their trading. He may have been responsible for founding what is today known as the Lord Mayor's Show." (Alan O. Watkins).


From Cromwell, Mirfyn et al (LONG) 1998.

Pedigrees of the families in the County of Kent... (London, 1830), 39. Berry States that Edward Mirfine, the son of Sir Thomas Mirfine and Elizabeth Squire, married Alice, daughter of Oliver Squyer, wife of Edward North, Lord North. Berry shows that Sir Thomas was father of three daughters and coheirs (his son Edward is stated to have died without issue, but in any event the daughters would be coheirs of their mother), (1) Margaret Mirfine, who married Roger Halle of London, (2) Mary Mirfine, who married Sir Andrew Judde, knight, and (3) Frances Mirfine, who married SIr RIchard Cromwell. Now Berry and Camden's Vis. have their faults, but the attribution of the daughters to Elizabeth Don seem to be correct.

From Fasciculus Mervinensis, notes historical, genealogical, and heraldic of the family of Mervyn (Google eBook) William Richard Drake (sir.) 1873. Page 3:

I also find the will of Sir Thomas Merfyn, Sheriff of London in 1511, and Lord Mayor 10 II. VIII. (1518), and who, at his death, left surviving children. The will is dated 2nd September, and proved 15th October, 1523. (appendix I., p. vi.) Sir Thomas appears to have been a member of the Kent familv, as he devised by his will his Manor of Downe in that county. His arms (which are recorded in the College of Arms) were, Or, on a chevron sa. a mullet argent: on the dexter chief point of the shield a erescent of the second. (See also Hari. Ms., No. l,349,/o. 24l1.) Weever (Funeral Monts, fo. 1631,/. 379) states that Sir Thomas was the son of George Mirfyn, of Ely, Com. Cambridge, and that he was entombed, (with his portraiture in alabaster,) in a chapel in St. Paul's, London, which was pulled down in 1549 by the Protector Duke of Somerset.


Sir Thomas Myrfin1

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Sir Thomas Myrfin held the office of Lord Mayor of London from 1518 to 1519.1

Child of Sir Thomas Myrfin

  1. Edward Myrfin1. Married Alice Squire, daughter of Oliver Squire.


  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.

  • Sir Thomas Murfyn1,2
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Sir Thomas Murfyn lived at Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.1

Child of Sir Thomas Murfyn

  1. Frances Murfyn+1


  • [S1169] Rosie Davis, "re: Burrard Family," e-mail message from <e-mail address> (unknown address) to Darryl Lundy, 16 September 2004 - 12 June 2005. Hereinafter cited as "re: Burrard Family."
  • [S1916] Tim Boyle, "re: Boyle Family," e-mail message from <e-mail address> (unknown address) to Darryl Roger Lundy, 16 September 2006. Hereinafter cited as "re: Boyle Family."


37. Thomas Murfin, son of George. this is the Thomas who was Sheriff of London and then Lord Mayor


  1. Alice Murfin m. Andrew Judd (1492-1558, London). Source: Jody Goad.
  2. Frances Murfin m. Richard Cromwell, son of Morgan ap Williams
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Sir Thomas Mirfyn, Lord Mayor of London's Timeline

Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
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Downe, Kent, England, United Kingdom
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Kent, England, United Kingdom
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