Thomas Meautys

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Sir Thomas Meautys (1592–1649) was an English civil servant and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1621 and 1640.

Meautys was the son of Henry Meautys of West Ham and his wife Elizabeth Coningsby, daughter of Sir Henry Coningsby of North Mims. He became the private secretary to Francis Bacon. In 1619, he was made clerk to His Majesty's Council. He is credited, with William Rawley, as being one of two key clients of Bacon who remained loyal to the former Lord Chancellor in his disgrace. Meautys eventually paid for a funerary monument to Bacon at his gravesite in St. Albans.[1][2]

After Bacon's fall, Meautys became a protégé of Lord Keeper Coventry, High Steward of Cambridge from 1626 to 1640. In 1621, Meautys was made a freeman and elected an alderman of Cambridge.[3] On the same day, he was elected Member of Parliament for Cambridge.[4] He was clerk of the Privy Council from 1623. He was re-elected MP for Cambridge in 1625, 1626 and 1628 and continued to sit for the town until King Charles I began rule without parliament in 1629.

Meautys inherited Old Gorhambury House in Hertfordshire in 1626. He became clerk of the Writs and Processes in the Star Chamber. In 1634 he became clerk to His Majesty's Privy Council Extraordinary. He was re-elected for Cambridge for the Short Parliament in April 1640 when the other representative was Oliver Cromwell.[4] He was knighted at Whitehall in 1641. He performed the duties of his office until August 1645 when the office became virtually extinct.[5]

Meautys died at the age of 57.

Meautys married Anne Bacon, a daughter of his cousin Nathaniel Bacon in 1639. She latter married Sir Harbottle Grimston.[1]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Robert Hitcham
Francis Brakyn
Member of Parliament for Cambridge
1621-1622
With: Richard Foxton
Succeeded by
Francis Brakyn
Robert Luckyn
Preceded by
Francis Brakyn
Robert Luckyn
Member of Parliament for Cambridge
1625-1629
With: Talbot Pepys 1625
Thomas Purchase 1626-1629
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Pariamenst suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Cambridge
1640
With: Oliver Cromwell
Succeeded by
Oliver Cromwell
John Lowry