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Thomas Tasburgh (c. 1554 – c. 1602), of Hawridge, and then Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, was an English politician.

Hawridge village in United Kingdom

Hawridge, is a small village in the Chilterns in the county of Buckinghamshire, England and bordering the county boundary with Hertfordshire. It is 3 miles (4.8 km) from Chesham, 4 miles (6.4 km) from both Tring and Berkhamsted. Hawridge is one of four villages comprising Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards, a civil parish within Chiltern District.

Beaconsfield town in Buckinghamshire, England

Beaconsfield is a market town and civil parish within the South Bucks district in Buckinghamshire centred 23.4 miles (38 km) WNW of Charing Cross, central London and 16.0 miles (26 km) SSE of the county's administrative town, Aylesbury. Three towns are within five miles: Amersham, Gerrards Cross and High Wycombe.


He was a younger son of John Tasburgh of Flixton, Suffolk and educated at Gray's Inn.

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

The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, commonly known as Gray's Inn, is one of the four Inns of Court in London. To be called to the bar and practise as a barrister in England and Wales, a person must belong to one of these Inns. Located at the intersection of High Holborn and Gray's Inn Road in Central London, the Inn is both a professional body and a provider of office accommodation (chambers) for many barristers. It is ruled by a governing council called "Pension", made up of the Masters of the Bench, and led by the Treasurer, who is elected to serve a one-year term. The Inn is known for its gardens, or Walks, which have existed since at least 1597.

Tasburgh served as a Justice of the Peace for Buckinghamshire from 1579 and was pricked High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire for 1581–82. He was elected a Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire in 1588, Aylesbury in 1584, 1586 and 1597, and Chipping Wycombe in 1593. He was Teller of the Exchequer from 1598 to 1602.

The High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, in common with other counties, was originally the King's representative on taxation upholding the law in Saxon times. The word Sheriff evolved from 'shire-reeve'.

Buckinghamshire is a former 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 1885.

Aylesbury (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom

Aylesbury is a constituency created in 1553 — created as a single-member seat in 1885 — represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom since 1992 by David Lidington, of the Conservative Party.

The Hawridge estate was left to his nephew, John Tasburgh.


Tasburgh married firstly Dorothy (née Kitson) (1531–1577), widow of Sir Thomas Pakington (died 2 June 1571) of Hampton Lovett, Worcestershire, and daughter of Sir Thomas Kitson of Hengrave Hall, Suffolk, by his second wife, Margaret Donnington. [1]

Hampton Lovett Village in Worcestershire, England

Hampton Lovett is a village and civil parish in the Wychavon district of the county of Worcestershire, England. It is just north of Droitwich.

Worcestershire County of England

Worcestershire is a county in the West Midlands of England. Between 1974 and 1998, it was merged with the neighbouring county of Herefordshire as Hereford and Worcester.

Thomas Kitson British merchant

Sir Thomas Kitson was a wealthy English merchant, Sheriff of London, and builder of Hengrave Hall in Suffolk.

He married secondly Jane West, daughter of William West, 1st Baron De La Warr, and widow successively of Thomas Wenman, esquire, and James Cressy. [2]

William West, 1st Baron De La Warr of the second creation was the elder son of Sir George West (d.1538), second son of Thomas West, 8th Baron De La Warr, by his third wife, Eleanor Copley, and Elizabeth Morton, widow of Robert Walden, and daughter of Sir Robert Morton of Lechlade, Gloucestershire. He was nephew and adopted heir of his uncle of the half blood, Thomas West, 9th Baron De La Warr, eldest son of the 8th Baron's second wife, Elizabeth Mortimer.

He had no issue by either marriage. After his death his widow, Jane, married, as her fourth husband, Ralph Sheldon, esquire, of Beoley, Worcestershire. [2]

Beoley village in the United Kingdom

Beoley is a small village and much larger civil parish just north of Redditch in the Bromsgrove District of Worcestershire, and adjoins Warwickshire to the east. The 2001 census recorded a parish population of 945, most of whom live at Holt End. The parish adjoins Redditch's populous northern suburb of Church Hill, and also the civil parishes of Alvechurch, Tanworth-in-Arden, Mappleborough Green and Wythall.


  1. Carter 2004.
  2. 1 2 Richardson IV 2011, pp. 324-5.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Darell
High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire
Succeeded by
Edmund Verney