WHITE, Thomas I, of Rochester, Kent.
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m. bef. Jan. 1383, Desiderata, 1s.
Acting constable of Rochester castle bef. 29 Jan. 1384.
In 1374 White borrowed £19 2s. from Robert Dingley I* and his brother Richard, agreeing to repay the loan by annual instalments of 26s.8d. every Christmas for the next 14 years. His wife is known to have inherited land and a moiety of a messuage in Mereworth, but this the Whites sold in 1383. The royal pardon which the MP had taken out in February 1382 may have been intended to exonerate him from misdemeanours committed during the insurrection at Rochester in the previous year, or was possibly connected with the post of acting constable of the castle, which he held for an unknown length of time as deputy to Sir John Newenton. In January 1384 the fine of £5 which he would otherwise have paid for the escape of a prisoner from the castle gaol while he was ‘supplying the place of the constable’, was remitted by the Crown.1
At the Rochester elections to the Parliaments of 1390 (Jan.) and 1391 White appeared as mainpernor for John Mateshale and Thomas Dudmere, respectively. He may have died before June 1397 when his son, Richard, was party to a transaction regarding certain property in Nonington, to which the young man was heir.2