BROKESBY, Thomas (by 1483-1544 or later), of the Inner Temple, London and Leicester.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1483, 2nd s. of William Brokesby of Shoby by Elizabeth, da. of one Staunton. educ. I. Temple. m. Margaret, da. of John Hartopp, d.s.p.1

Offices Held

Lent reader, I. Temple 1517, 1525, treasurer 1524-5, auditor 1528, 1533.

J.p. Leics. 1504-44, Rutland 1506-36, Northants. 1523-40; dep. steward, duchy of Lancaster, honor of Leicester by 1509-19 or later; commr. subsidy, Leics. 1512, 1514, 1515, Leics. and Northants. 1523; other commissions, Leics., Lincs. 1505-40; sheriff, Rutland 1514-15; recorder, Leicester 1526-37.2


A supporter of the Hastings faction, Brokesby was of sufficient substance to be one of those who in the last year of Henry VII’s reign entered into recognizances of 500 marks to the King as sureties for Sir Richard Sacheverell and his wife. About the same time he became deputy to George, newly succeeded as 3rd Lord Hastings, in his duchy of Lancaster offices, and in 1514 he was pricked sheriff of Rutland.3

It is not clear why from this point in a burgeoning career Brokesby should have devoted himself to the study and teaching of law and the affairs of the Inner Temple. From May 1514, when he was appointed to attend the reader, until February 1536, when he is last recorded at the parliament of the inn, he engaged continuously in its activities. He may have envisaged a call to the coif and a judgeship, but neither came his way, and his only professional appointment was to the recordership of Leicester. For the rest he continued to put his legal acumen at the service of the Hastings family and its adherents. As deputy steward to Lord Hastings, he was involved in several factious lawsuits, bein