Thomas Throckmorton (died 1615)

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Thomas Throckmorton (1533 – 13 March 1614 [1] (or March 1618) [2] ) was an English politician, a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Warwickshire in 1558 and Warwick in 1559. [2] He spent much of his life undergoing fines and long periods of imprisonment for recusancy. [2] He resided primarily at Weston Underwood, Buckinghamshire. [2]



Throckmorton was the son of Sir Robert Throckmorton (c. 1513 – 1581) and Muriel Berkeley (fl. 1516 – c. 1541). Thomas married, c. 1556, Margaret (or Mary) Whorwood (1533 – 28 April 1607), by whom he had one son, John, and four daughters, Elizabeth, Margaret, Eleanor, and Meriel. John Throckmorton was father of, among others, Robert Throckmorton, 1st Baronet (1599–1650), [1] who was Thomas' heir at his death. [2]

Gunpowder Plot

According to a Warwickshire website, Thomas Throckmorton went abroad before the Gunpowder Plot (1605), [3] [ unreliable source? ] but he let Coughton Court to one of the conspirators, Sir Everard Digby. [2] [3] Throckmorton was not implicated in the plot, but fines for recusancy, previously waived, were reimposed. [2]


Thomas Throckmorton is the name of various historical figures. [4] One is Thomas Throckmorton, the eldest son of Anthony Throckmorton, a Mercer of St. Martin's Lane, Westminster and Chastleton, Oxfordshire; Thomas married Julian, the widow of Thomas Wye of Lypiatt and had no children.[ citation needed ]

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