LAKE, Thomas I (d.1606), of Fairlight and Hastings, Suss.

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

?m. 1558 or 9, Elizabeth, wid. of Richard Bishop of Hastings.

Offices Held

Of counsel to the Cinque Ports by 1569; constable of the guestling 1569; jurat, Hastings prob. by 1570, bailiff 1577, 1584, capt. of trained bands.


Lake was an active member of the Hastings corporation for many years. Either he, or the corporation on his behalf, raised objections when he was appointed constable of the guestling, or Cinque Ports assembly, Lake first claiming exemption on the ground of his work for Hastings, then, when the Privy Council rejected this, that as a baron of the Cinque Ports he could not be called upon for service at the guestling. By February 1575 the Council had had enough of Lake’s case, and instructed the sheriff and Sussex j.p.s to see that he exercised the office of constable ‘for this year by himself or his sufficient deputy’. At the same time they warned the m