CAVE, Thomas (c.1540-1609), of Baggrave, Leics.

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.1540, 1st s. of Francis Cave by Margaret, da. of Thomas Lisle. educ. M. Temple 1561. m. (1) c.1565, Catherine, da. and coh. of Thomas Colt of Newhall, Essex, 1s.; (2) Isabella Wake, s.p.; (3) Anne, da. of (?James) Lany, 2s. 5da. suc. fa. 1583. Kntd. Apr. 1603.

Offices Held

J.p. Leics. by 1574, sheriff 1579-80, 1592-3, dep. lt. by 1588, commr. musters 1596; commr. subsidy, Leicester 1590.1


Possibly through his father’s influence, Cave was specially admitted to the Middle Temple 29 Oct. 1561. In February 1563 he and two other students were allocated a chamber in the new buildings. However, Cave abandoned the law before being called to the bar, becoming an active local official in Leicestershire even during his father’s lifetime, and so continuing for 35 years. His connexion with the town of Leicester, for which he was returned to the 1571 Parliament, was close, the chamberlain’s accounts referring on several occasions to gifts of wine or