Thomas Dacres

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Sir Thomas Dacres (19 October 1587 – December 1668) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1626 and 1660. He supported the Parliamentary cause in the English Civil War.

Dacres was the son of Sir Thomas Dacres of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire and his wife Dorothy Piggott, daughter of Thomas Pigott of Dodershall, Buckinghamshire.[1] He matriculated from St John's College, Cambridge at Easter 1603.[2] He succeeded his father in 1615 and was appointed High Sheriff of Hertfordshire for Aug–Nov 1615 to complete his fathers year of shreivalty[1] and knighted on 22 February 1617.[3]

In 1626, Dacres was elected Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire. He was re-elected MP for Hertfordshire in 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years. In 1641 he was re-elected MP for Hertfordshire in the Long Parliament and sat until 1648 when he was excluded under Pride's Purge. During the civil war he served on various parliamentary commissions.[1]

In 1660, Dacres was elected Member of Parliament for Higham Ferrers in the Convention Parliament.[1] His main interest in parliament was to recover a loan of £250 made in 1642 for suppression of the Irish rebellion. He never received the money and suffered losses in the Great Fire of London.[1]

Dacres died at the age of 81 and was buried at Cheshunt on 26 December 1668.[1]

Dacres married Martha Elmes, daughter of Thomas Elmes of Lilford Northamptonshire.[1] His son Thomas was also an MP.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g History of Parliament Online - Dacres, Sir Thomas
  2. ^ "Dacres, Thomas (DCRS603T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Knights of England
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir John Boteler
John Boteler
Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire
With: John Boteler 1626
Sir WIlliam Lytton 1628-1629
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Sir William Lytton
Arthur Capel
Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire
With: Sir William Lytton
Succeeded by
Not represented in Rump Parliament