Thomas Baskerville (general)

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Sir Thomas Baskerville (died 1597), was an English general and MP.

Baskerville was the son of Henry Baskerville, Esq., of the city of Hereford, and is described as of Good Rest, Warwickshire. He obtained a high reputation as a military commander. In the Harleian MSS. there is an account of his voyage after the great treasure at Puerto Rico, when he was general of Queen Elizabeth's Indian armada. He was sent with Lord Willoughby to France to assist Henry IV in 1589. He was Member of Parliament for Carmarthen borough in 1592. Subsequently he commanded the troops despatched to Brittany (1594) and Picardy (1596).

He died of a fever at Picquigny, in Picardy, on 4 June 1597, and was buried in the new choir of St. Paul's, beneath a monument, consumed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Shortly before his death, he had purchased the manors of Sunningwell and Bayworth in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), where his widow - Mary, daughter of Sir Thomas Throckmorton of Tortworth in Gloucestershire - lived and was buried. He left a son, Hannibal Baskerville.

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Baskerville, Thomas (d.1597)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.