Thomas Gresham (died 1630)

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Sir Thomas Gresham (c. 1547 – 1630) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1604 and 1622.

Gresham was the eldest son of William Gresham (1512–1579) and his wife Beatrice Guybon and the grandson of Sir John Gresham, who was Lord Mayor in 1547.[1]

He was educated St Alban Hall, Oxford, about 1572.[2].

On his father's death in 1579, Gresham inherited estates in and around Surrey, including Titsey Place. He was knighted in the Royal Gardens of Whitehall before the coronation of King James I on 23 July 1603.[3] Shortly after, he was involved in a legal dispute with his sister alleging slander in connection with his inheritance of Titsey.[4] In 1604 he was elected as a Member of Parliament for Gatton. He was re-elected as one of the members for Gatton in 1614 and 1621[5] and Bletchingley in 1625[6].

Gresham married Mary Leonard (ca. 1549–1620), the daughter of John Leonard (1506–1590) and Elizabeth Harmon (1520-1585) on 23rd August 1587. Their son and heir was Sir Edward Gresham.[7]


  1. ^ Miscellanea genealogica et heraldica, vol. 3 (Hamilton, Adams, and Co., 1880), p. 87
  2. ^ Foster, Joseph. Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886 and Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1500-1714. Oxford: Parker and Co., 1888-1892.
  3. ^ Knights of England
  4. ^ The reports of Sir Henry Yelverton, knight and baronet ...: of divers special cases in the Court of King's Bench
  5. ^ Browne Willis Notitia parliamentaria, or, An history of the counties, cities, and boroughs in England and Wales: ... The whole extracted from mss. and printed evidences 1750 pp176-239
  6. ^ The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P.
  7. ^ Family of Sir Thomas GRESHAM and Mary LEONARD at
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Matthew Browne
Richard Sondes
Member of Parliament for Gatton
With: Sir Nicholas Saunders 1604–1611
Sir John Brooke 1614
Sir Thomas Bludder 1621–1622
Succeeded by
Sir Edmund Bowyer
Samuel Owfield