DUFFIELD, Thomas (1492/93-1579), of East Grinstead, Suss.
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Family and Education
b. 1492/93. m. Alice, 2s. at least 1da.2
Thomas Duffield reported his long association with East Grinstead before a special commission of the duchy of Lancaster held there in 1567, ‘being there born and all the days of his life (for the most part) hath there inhabited’. In electing him as its senior Member to the third Marian Parliament the borough thus complied with the Queen’s directive for the return on that occasion of resident Members, and in so far as he was not among the Members who withdrew early from that Parliament he could be held to have done his duty to both crown and borough. Of his life and career in the town, however, little has come to light. He may have attended the school held in the parish church of East Grinstead, at which his relative John Duffield had his education, and have been the Thomas Duffield who in 1524 lived with his brother Robert and was described as his servant. Later he leased a house in the town and some of the lands called Harwardes or Harwoods and Brockhurst which had belonged to the fraternity