Sir Thomas Bromley (1530 – 11 April 1587) was an English lord chancellor.
He was born in Staffordshire, was educated at Oxford University and then called to the bar at the Middle Temple. Through family influence as well as the patronage of Sir Nicholas Bacon, the lord keeper, he quickly made progress in his profession.
In 1566 he was appointed recorder of London and in 1569 he became solicitor-general. He sat in parliament successively for Bridgnorth (1558), Wigan (1559) and Guildford (1563). In 1579 he was appointed Lord Chancellor on the death of Sir Nicholas Bacon in 1579 and also a Privy Counsellor.
He presided over the commission which tried Mary, Queen of Scots in 1586, but the strain of the trial and the responsibility of ordering the execution of a monarch proved too much for his strength and he died soon after. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.
Queen Elizabeth I granted the Manor of Great Malvern in Malvern, Worcestershire, to Sir Thomas, and it remained in the possession of his family through several generations, until sold by Lord Mountfort in about 1740.
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as Lord Keeper
Earl of Leicester
|Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Sir Christopher Hatton