He was descended from a family owning the manor of Broad Oak at Hardres, near Canterbury, and was fourth son of Sir Thomas Hardres and Eleanor, sole surviving daughter and heiress of Henry Thoresby of Thoresby, a master in chancery. Thomas became a member of Gray's Inn, and was called to the bar. From 1649 until his death he was steward of the manor of Lambeth.
In the vacation after Michaelmas term 1669 he became a serjeant-at-law, in 1675 was appointed King's Serjeant, and in 1679 was elected M.P. for Canterbury. He also received the honour of knighthood. In December 1681 he died, and was buried at Canterbury.
His Reports of Cases in the Exchequer, 1655–1670 was published in 1693.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Hamilton, John Andrew (1890). "Hardres, Thomas". In Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 24. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 347.
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