Thomas Chafe

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Arms of Chafe: Azure, five fusils in fesse argent a canton of the last. As shown on the monument to his uncle Thomas Chafe (1585-1648) of Dodscott, in St Giles' Church, St Giles in the Wood, Devon

Thomas Chafe (c. 1611 – 1662) was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660.

Chafe was the son of John Chafe, a merchant of Exeter, Devon and his wife Anne May, daughter of William May of North Molton, Devon. His father died in 1619. He was a student of Middle Temple in 1631 and was called to the bar in 1638. He became a Bencher of Middle Temple in 1659. In 1660, he was elected Member of Parliament for Totnes. He was a J.P. for Dorset from July 1660 and a commissioner for assessment from August 1660.[1]

Chafe died at the age of about 50 and was buried in the Temple Church on 3 July 1662.[1]

Chafe married by licence dated 28 December 1641 Catherine Malet, daughter of Sir Thomas Malet, of St. Audries, Somerset and had a son and five daughters.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Oliver St John
John Maynard
Member of Parliament for Totnes
With: Thomas Clifford
Succeeded by
Thomas Clifford
Sir Edward Seymour, 3rd Baronet