BEDINGFIELD, Thomas (c.1554-1636), of Fleming's Hall, Bedingfield, Suff.; later of Darsham, Suff. and of Ditchingham, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1554, 1st s. of Thomas Bedingfield of Fleming’s Hall by Mary, da. of William Methwold of Langford, Norf. educ. Christ’s, Camb. 1571, L. Inn 1575, from Furnival’s Inn, called 1583. m. Dorothy, da. of John Southwell of Barham, Suff., 5s. 3da. suc. fa. 1571.

Offices Held

?J.p. Suff. from 1584; pens. L. Inn 1597; assoc. bench 1603; steward of duchy of Lancaster lands in Norf., Suff., Camb. from Apr. 1604.


There were several branches of the Bedingfield family in Norfolk and Suffolk, and at least three Thomases living in 1586. One, a gentleman pensioner to Queen Elizabeth, who died in 1613, is unlikely to have sat for Eye as his will shows no Suffolk connexions; another, of Flemworth Hall, Suffolk, was of a Catholic family. It is likely that the Eye burgess was Thomas Bedingfield of Fleming’s Hall, a lawyer. Bedingfield held this manor of the honour of Eye, and his manor of Netherhall was at least partly in Eye. At the time of his death he was living at Darsham, which he had bought from Edward Honing. There he was