HARVEY, Thomas (by 1512-77 or later).

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

Dates

Mar. 1553
Oct. 1553
Nov. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1512, s. of (Sir) Nicholas Harvey of Ickworth, Suff. by 1st w. Elizabeth, da. of Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam of Aldwark, Yorks.; half-bro. of George Harvey. m. 2da. ?suc. fa. 5 Aug. 1532.1

Offices Held

Sewer extraordinary by 1533; gent. pens. by 1547-53 or later; knight marshal Mar.-Dec. 1558.2

Biography

Thomas Harvey’s fluency in classical and modern languages surpassed his father’s and was praised by his one-time tutor Nicolas Bourbon in Nugarum libri octo published in 1538. His father died in 1532 but ten years later when his kinsman Sir William Fitzwilliam I, Earl of Southampton, died Harvey had not received plate worth 100 marks left to him by his father. His early advancement at court was almost certainly due to Southampton as treasurer of the Household and much of his progress after Southampton’s death to his kinship with Anthony Browne I, later Viscount Montagu. Browne was the sheriff who in February 1553 returned him for New Shoreham and as lord of Midhurst twice procured his election under Mary. His return for Orford in September 1553 may also have been under Browne’s sponsorship, but his own connexions in Suffolk were probably sufficient in themselves to account for it: his name and that of his fellow-Member George Jerningham are both inserted in a different hand on the indenture. Of his part in the House all that is known is that Harvey did not oppose