HARRIS, Thomas III (c.1563-1622), of Maldon, Essex.

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.1563, o.s. of Vincent Harris of Maldon by his 1st w. Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Hearon of Addiscombe, Surr. educ. L. Inn 1583. m. Cordelia, da. of John Gill of Wyddial, Herts., 2s. 9da. suc. fa. 1574. Kntd. 1603.

Offices Held

J.p. Essex from c.1592.


Though no trace has been found of his having been called to the bar, Harris must have remained at Lincoln’s Inn for several years, as he was fined for a misdemeanour there in 1587. Afterwards settling down as a country gentleman, he took little part in local affairs at Maldon and was apparently satisfied by this one return to Parliament. His name does not appear in the extant records of the House, but the two Members for Maldon were appointed to a committee concerning land reclamation on 3 Dec. 1597. The exact date of his death in 1622 is unknown.

Vis. Essex (Harl. Soc. xiii), 60; Wards 9/138, ff. 419 seq.; C142/169/51; Essex RO, assize file, passim; D’Ewes, 567; APC, xxv. 57.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: J.H.