Thomas Myddelton (Lord Mayor of London)

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Sir Thomas Myddelton (1550 – 12 August 1631[1]) was the fourth son of Richard Myddelton, Governor of Denbigh, and Jane Dryhurst.

As a youth, he was apprenticed to a grocer in London, and made his fortune in trade. He divided his time between London and Wales, and purchased Chirk Castle in 1595 for £5,000. He was a member of the Grocers' Company, a member of Parliament and a founder member of the East India Company, Sheriff of London in 1604 and Lord Mayor of London in 1613. His brother, Sir Hugh Myddleton, was instrumental in the creation of the New River which supplied London with fresh water from 1613.[2]

He married four times. By his first wife Hester, a daughter of Sir Richard Saltonstall,[3] he was the father of Thomas Myddelton of Chirk Castle. His younger son, Timothy, inherited his estates in Essex.[4] By his third marriage he gained a stepson, Miles Hobart.

Along with Rowland Heylyn, Myddelton financed the publication of a Welsh language Bible suitable for everyday use.[5]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Lowe
Robert Heath
Robert Bateman
William Towerson
Member of Parliament for London
With: Sir Heneage Finch 1624–28
Robert Bateman 1624–28
Martin Bond 1624–26
Sir Maurice Abbot 1626–28
Succeeded by
Thomas Moulson
Christopher Clitherow
Henry Waller
James Bunce
Civic offices
Preceded by
Sir John Swynnerton
Lord Mayor of the City of London
Succeeded by
Thomas Hayes