WARCOP, Thomas III, of Lammerside, Westmld.
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Family and Education
In the summer of 1404, when Thomas was just 18 years old, his married father decided to exploit his position as deputy sheriff of Westmorland by abducting a young heiress to be his wife. On his death, in about 1403, Robert Sandford I had left two daughters to share his estates in Sandford and Burton. Margaret, who was then eight, became the ward of her stepfather, Sir Robert Leybourne*, and Thomas Warcop II lost little time in arranging for her to be kidnapped and married to his son. The actual raid on Sir Robert’s home was led by her own kinsman, Roland Thornburgh