FAIRFAX, Sir Thomas (1521-1600), of Denton and Nun Appleton, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
Available from Boydell and Brewer



Family and Education

b. 1521, and but 1st surv. s. of William Fairfax (d.1558) of Steeton by Isabel, da. of Thomas Thwaite of Denton and Askwith. m. Dorothy, da. of George Gale of York, wid. of John Rokeby of Sandal, 1s. Thomas I 3da. 2s. illegit. Kntd. 1579.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Yorks. 1571-2; j.p. Yorks. (W. Riding) from c.1569, (E. and N. Ridings) and Westmld. from c.1583; commr. to survey ports and castles, west marches 1580-1; member, council in the north from Nov. 1582; commr. musters, York 1585.1


Fairfax’s father increased the family properties by his marriage, and bought the commanding residence at Bilborough where Fairfax was born. From his mother he received Denton, Askwith, Acaster, Nun Appleton and Bishophill in York. He was recommended for inclusion on the council in the north in 1577 by the president, the 3rd Earl of Huntingdon. He was elected knight of the shire in 1586 and on 4 Nov. was a member of the committee to discuss a petition to the Queen about Mary Queen of Scots. He was summoned before the Privy Council in 1589, accused by the Countess of Cumberland of having too hastily given bail to persons committed for breaking into her husband’s property and stealing