Thomas Soame

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Sir Thomas Soame (1584 1 January 1671) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1648.

House of Commons of England parliament of England up to 1707

The House of Commons of England was the lower house of the Parliament of England from its development in the 14th century to the union of England and Scotland in 1707, when it was replaced by the House of Commons of Great Britain. In 1801, with the union of Great Britain and Ireland, that house was in turn replaced by the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.

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Life

Soame was the son of Sir Stephen Soame and his wife Anne Stone daughter of William Stone, haberdasher of London and his wife Mercy Gray daughter of John Gray of Barley, Hertfordshire. His father was Lord Mayor of London. [1] He was baptised at St.Mary Colechurch in London on 4 February 1584.

Sir Stephen Soame was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1601. He served as Lord Mayor of London for the year 1598 to 1599.

Lord Mayor of London Mayor of the City of London and leader of the City of London Corporation

The Lord Mayor of London is the City of London's mayor and leader of the City of London Corporation. Within the City, the Lord Mayor is accorded precedence over all individuals except the sovereign and retains various traditional powers, rights and privileges, including the title and style The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of London.

Soame was alderman of Farringdon Without ward from 28 July 1635 to 29 January 1639 and in 1635 became Sheriff of London. He was Merchant Commissioner of the East India Company from 1640 to 1643. [1]

Farringdon Without ward in the City of London

Farringdon Without is a Ward in the City of London, the historic and financial centre of London. It covers the western area of the City, including the Middle Temple, Inner Temple, Chancery Lane, Smithfield and St Bartholomew's Hospital, as well as the area east of Chancery Lane.

East India Company 16th through 19th-century British trading company

The East India Company (EIC), also known as the Honourable East India Company (HEIC) or the British East India Company and informally as John Company, Company Bahadur, or simply The Company, was an English and later British joint-stock company. It was formed to trade in the Indian Ocean region, initially with Mughal India and the East Indies, and later with Qing China. The company ended up seizing control over large parts of the Indian subcontinent, colonised parts of Southeast Asia, and colonised Hong Kong after a war with Qing China.

In April 1640, Soame was elected Member of Parliament for City of London in the Short Parliament. [2] He was imprisoned in the Tower of London in May 1640 with three other aldermen - Nicholas Rainton, John Gayre and Thomas Atkins - for refusing to list the inhabitants of his ward who were able to contribute £50 or more to a loan for King Charles. [3] He was re-elected in MP for the City of London in November 1640 for the Long Parliament [2] He was knighted in at Hampton Court on 3 December 1641. [4] He sat in parliament until he was excluded under Pride's Purge in 1648. He became alderman for Vintry ward on 29 September 1644 and later moved to Cheap ward where he was discharged by order of House of Commons on 1 Jun 1649. [5] He was restored to his position as Alderman on 25 Sep 1660 and held the position until 22 January 1667 when he was discharged "on account of his great infirmity". [1]

City of London (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom

The City of London was a United Kingdom Parliamentary constituency. It was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of England then of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1950.

Short Parliament Parliament of England that was summoned by King Charles I of England

The Short Parliament was a Parliament of England that was summoned by King Charles I of England on 20 February 1640 and sat from 13 April to 5 May 1640. It was so called because of its short life of only three weeks.

Tower of London A historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London

The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. The castle was used as a prison from 1100 until 1952, although that was not its primary purpose. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence. As a whole, the Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. There were several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard I, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. The general layout established by the late 13th century remains despite later activity on the site.

Soame lived at Throcking and in 1660 rebuilt the upper portion of the church tower. [6] He died in 1671 and was buried with an inscription in Throcking Church. [1]

Throcking village and former civil parish in Cottered, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, England

Throcking is a village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Cottered, in the East Hertfordshire district, in the county of Hertfordshire, England. It is approximately 1.5 miles west-northwest of Buntingford and 7 miles east-northeast of Stevenage. In 1951 the civil parish had a population of 139. On the 1 April 1955 the civil parish was merged into Cottered. Throcking was recorded in the Domesday Book as Trochinge.

Family

Soame was married in 1621 to Joan Freeman, widow of William Freeman of St Michael Cornhill and Aspenden, Hertfordshire. His daughter Anne married Sir Thomas Abdy, 1st Baronet. [1]

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  4. Knights of England
  5. 'Fathers of the City', The Aldermen of the City of London: Temp. Henry III - 1912 (1908), pp. 250-254. Date accessed: 13 April 2011
  6. Throcking Holy Trinity Church
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for City of London
1640–1648
With: Isaac Penington
Samuel Vassall
Matthew Cradock 1640–1641
John Venn 1641–1648
Succeeded by
Isaac Penington
John Venn