Thomas Leigh (Lord Mayor)
|Sir Thomas Leigh|
|Lord Mayor of London|
|Preceded by||Thomas Curtes|
|Succeeded by||Sir William Huett|
Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England
|Died||November 17, 1571
|Resting place||Mercer's Chapal
Sir Thomas Leigh (c. 1509 – November 17, 1571) was Lord Mayor of London in 1558.
He has been wrongly credited to be the ancestor that links Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as cousins. The actual common ancestor is Sir Thomas Leighton, the governor of Guernsey. He was an Elizabethan soldier and diplomat.
Thomas was raised by Sir Roland Hill, a wool merchant in London. Thomas later joined Roland's business, and around 1537, he married Roland's niece and heir, Alice Barker, daughter of John Barker and Elizabeth Hill. Thomas also served as Sheriff of London in 1555 and in 1558 as Lord Mayor of London.
In 1561, Thomas Leigh and Roland Hill purchased Stoneleigh Abbey after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and a house was built on the site of the monastical buildings. Some of Leigh's descendants lived in the estate from 1561 to 1990.
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|Lord Mayor of the City of London
Sir William Huett