POLEY, Thomas (by 1523-64), of London and Ware, Herts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Apr. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1523, 2nd s. of Edmund Poley (d. 31 Dec. 1548) of Badley, Suff. by Mirabelle, da. of John Garneys or Garnish of Kenton, Suff. m. Mary.1

Offices Held

Jt. (with Maurice Denys) receiver, rents of former lands of the order of St. John of Jerusalem Oct. 1544-d.; member, household of Princess Mary by 1549; equerry, the stable by Nov. 1553-d.; bailiff of manor and keeper of park, Ware 7 Nov. 1553-d.2


The christian name Thomas was a common one in the Poley family but the most likely bearer of it to have sat for three widely separated boroughs between 1545 and 1555 was a younger son in the branch seated at Badley. This Thomas Poley may have owed his advancement to the marriage of his elder brother John to a daughter of Sir Thomas Wentworth I, 1st Baron Wentworth, which had taken place by 1544. Poley himself is first glimpsed in April 1544 when, as a resident of London, he bought Manton manor, Suffolk, from Edward Elrington and Humphrey Metcalfe. In October of the same year he was appointed joint receiver of the former lands of the order of St. John, an office which gave him an official tie with