WHITE, Thomas IV (1532/34-58), of the Middle Temple, London and Downton, Wilts.

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. 1532/34, 2nd s. of Thomas White II and bro. of Henry. educ. Winchester, adm. 1543; M. Temple. m. by 1551, Anne, da. of Stephen Kirton of London, 1s. John.1

Offices Held


Thomas White was a scholar of Winchester when his maternal uncle John White was warden of the college, and the subsequent choice of the Middle Temple as his inn instead of the Inner Temple, his family’s inn for three generations, was probably determined by his kinship with one of its recent luminaries Sir Thomas Englefield. He himself was to achieve nothing more there than repeated election as master of the revels. His marriage to a daughter of Stephen Kirton, a merchant taylor and alderman of London, accorded with what seems to have been the family practice of making alliances within a circle of relatives; his younger brother Richard married another daughter of Kirton, who was their father’s first cousin. White’s return for Downton to the last two Marian Parliaments was the work of successive bishops of Winchester, Stephen Gardiner and John White; his father served both of them as treasurer, and the second was his uncle, the ex-warden of the college. In 1555 his fellow-Member was either his elder brother Henry or, less probably, his uncle of the same name; neither of the Whites is found on the list of those who voted against one of the government