Thomas Moryson

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Thomas Moryson or Thomas Morrison (died 19 February 1592) was an English government official, landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1572 and 1589.

Moryson was the son of George Moryson of Waltham, Lincolnshire. In 1555 he was commissioner for sewers for Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Isle of Ely, Lincolnshire., Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.He was granted a crown lease or 21 years of lands near Grimsby in 1559. In 1561 he acquired the manor of Bestby, which was also near Grimsby. He was a J.P. for Lindsey, Lincolnshire from about 1564. By 1569, he was deputy to Christopher Smith at the Exchequer.[1]

In 1572, Moryson was elected Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby. He was Mayor of Great Grimsby in 1576 and Clerk of the Pipe in the Exchequer by January 1579. In 1584 he was elected MP for Grimsby again.. He may have been admitted to Gray’s Inn on 28 February 1584 at the request of Lord Burghley. He was re-elected MP for Grimsby in 1586 and 1589.[1]

Moryson married Elizabeth Moigne, daughter of Thomas Moigne of North Willingham, Lincolnshire in about 1559.[1] They had two daughters and five sons of whom Richard was a soldier and MP and Fynes was a travel writer.


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas St Poll
John Thymbleby
Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby
1572 – 1589
With: Thomas Grantham 1572
William Wray 1584
Tristram Tyrwhitt 1586–1589
Succeeded by
William Barne
Nicholas Saunderson