CRAWLEY, Thomas (d.1559), of Elmdon and Wenden Loftes, Essex.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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?Household official by 1559.

Biography

The Crawley pedigrees are confused, and there were several men of this name living in Essex in 1559. One, the head of the family, who died in September 1559, had been escheator of Essex and Hertfordshire in 1553, and was a wealthy speculator in chantry lands in Essex. A second, assumed to be the 1559 MP, was this man’s grandson and heir apparent, who died in February 1559, leaving the eventual succession to be carried on through women. The family wills mention another Thomas, still a minor in 1559.

The Crawley who was returned for Aylesbury on 17 Jan. 1559 was probably the man mentioned in an Essex inquisition of 1556 as having ‘fled beyond’ seas in the first year of Mary’s reign, and presented as owning a tenement in Elmdon valued at £7. The jury claimed not to know whether he had left the country for religious reasons, or whether he had a licence for foreign travel, but they stated that he had received the profits of his Elmdon property while he was abroad. A certain Thomas Meade was at the time of the inquisition claiming the lands ‘in fee simple by bargain and sale of the said Thomas Crawley’.