SOLAS, Thomas (d.1396), of Southwark, Surr.
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Family and Education
Probably the son of Robert Solas, who lived in Southwark during the 1380s, and brother of John Solas, the influential local lawyer with whom he was returned to Parliament, Thomas first appears in December 1385 among the witnesses to a deed at Aveley, Essex. During the following year, and again in November 1394, he acted as a surety in Chancery, on the second occasion together with John Solas and John Mucking*, one of the richest men then living in Southwark.1
He died violently before 14 May 1396, on which date William Preston was appointed
coroner in Surrey, to view the body of Thomas Solas wickedly slain at Southwerke, and deal as pertains to the office of coroner this time only; as the King has learned that he is unburied for lack of execution of their office by the coroners, who are abiding in distant parts of the county.2