Thomas Ragland

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Sir Thomas Ragland (fl. 1563), of Carnllwyd, Glamorganshire, Wales and Roughton Holme, Norfolk and Walworth, Surrey, England, was a politician.

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Norfolk County of England

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Ragland was the eldest son of Sir John Ragland of Carnllwyd, who died by 1550. John Ragland had been knighted after the 1513 Battle of Guinegate by Henry VIII of England. He was also present at The Field of the Cloth of Gold.

Henry VIII of England 16th-century King of England

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This Thomas Ragland (who is to be distinguished from his uncle Sir Thomas Ragland) succeeded his father in 1550. By 1551 he had married Ann Woodhouse, daughter of Sir Roger Woodhouse of Kimberley, Norfolk. She was the widow of Christopher Coningsby of Wallington, Norfolk and had daughters by him, whose inheritance she was careful to protect from Sir Thomas Ragland in her 1562 will. They had more than one child, but nothing more is recorded of them.

Kimberley, Norfolk village and civil parish in South Norfolk, Norfolk, England

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Ragland was Justice of the Peace of Norfolk from 1550.

He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Malmesbury in 1563. [1]

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Malmesbury was a parliamentary borough in Wiltshire, which elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons from 1275 until 1832, and then one member from 1832 until 1885, when the borough was abolished.

Later life

Records show that in August 1578 he was in the Gatehouse Prison. Whether he died in prison, and when he died, are unknown.

Gatehouse Prison prison

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  1. "RAGLAND, Sir Thomas, of Carnllwyd, Glam. Roughton Holme, Norf. and Walworth, Surr. - History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 9 October 2017.