Thomas Rant

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Sir Thomas Rant (1604 - 2 June 1671) was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660.

House of Commons of England parliament of England up to 1707

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Rant was the son of William Rant MD of Norwich. He was educated at Norwich under Mr Stonham and admitted to Caius College, Cambridge on 1 May 1619 aged 15. He was admitted at Gray's Inn on 22 February 1619 and practised Common Law in London. [1]

Norwich City and non-metropolitan district in England

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Grays Inn one of the four Inns of Court in London, England

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In 1660, Rant was elected Member of Parliament for Norwich in the Convention Parliament. [2] He was knighted on 24 July 1660. [3] He was of Thorpe Market, Norfolk, and was lord of the manor of Wendling, Norfolk in 1663. [1]

Norwich was a borough constituency which was represented in the House of Commons of England from 1298 to 1707, in the House of Commons of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800, and in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom from 1801 until it was abolished for the 1950 general election. Consisting of the city of Norwich in Norfolk, it returned two members of parliament (MPs), elected by the bloc vote system.

Convention Parliament (1660)

The Convention Parliament followed the Long Parliament that had finally voted for its own dissolution on 16 March that year. Elected as a "free parliament", i.e. with no oath of allegiance to the Commonwealth or to the monarchy, it was predominantly Royalist in its membership. It assembled for the first time on 25 April 1660.

Rant died at the age of 67 and was buried at Thorpe. [1]

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