FARMER, alias DRAPER, Thomas (d.1609), of Great Marlow, Bucks.

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

Dates

Family and Education

Prob. s. of Robert Draper of Great Marlow. educ. M. Temple c.1553. m., at least 1s. b. c.1570.

Offices Held

Steward, Chipping Wycombe Aug. 1558; reader’s assistant, M. Temple, Lent 1561, autumn 1566, autumn reader 1561, Lent reader 1565, bencher 1561, auditor 1566, 1571, 1572.

Biography

Farmer was a lawyer who had a fair amount of land in Buckinghamshire. He sat on a number of local commissions but did not achieve the commission of the peace. His arms, granted in 1571, appear in one of the Middle Temple Hall windows. He was one of 16 lawyers asked by the Privy Council, in December 1588, to suggest which unnecessary or defective statutes should be ‘repelled or reformed’ at the forthcoming Parliament, and what new legislation should be introduced ‘for the better and