Thomas Walsingham (MP)

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Sir Thomas Walsingham (c. 1589 - April 1669) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1640. He supported the Parliamentarian side in the English Civil War.


Walsingham was the son of Sir Thomas Walsingham and his wife Katherine Gunter, daughter of John Gunter of Chilworth, Surrey, and Brecknock in Wales. He was knighted at Royston on 26 November 1613.[1] In 1614 he was elected Member of Parliament for Poole. He was elected MP for Rochester in 1621 and again in 1628 and held the seat until 1629 when King Charles I decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[2] He was made vice-admiral of Kent in 1627.

In April 1640, Walsingham was re-elected MP for Rochester for the Short Parliament and again in November 1640 for the Long Parliament when he sat until 1653, surviving Pride's Purge.[2] He sold the family property of Scadbury in around 1655.

Walsingham died in 1669 and was buried at Chislehurst on 10 April 1669.


Walsingham married twice, his first wife being Elizabeth Manwood, daughter of Sir Peter Manwood.


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Walsingham, Edmund". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Robarts
Edward Man
Member of Parliament for Poole
With: Sir Walter Erle
Succeeded by
George Horsey
Sir Walter Erle
Preceded by
Sir Edwin Sandys
Sir Thomas Walsingham
Member of Parliament for Rochester
With: Henry Clerke
Succeeded by
Sir Maximilion Dalyson
Sir Thomas Walsingham
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Walsingham
Henry Clerke
Member of Parliament for Rochester
With: William Brooke
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Rochester
With: John Clerke 1640
Richard Lee 1640–1648
Succeeded by
Not represented in Barebones Parliament