LICHFIELD, Thomas (d.1586).
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m. 1573, Margaret, da. of Sir Thomas Pakington by his w. Dorothy, ?s.p.
Gent. of privy chamber by 1579, ?by 1562.1
Nothing has been ascertained about this Member’s parentage. He may have been one of the Lichfields of Suffolk or, more probably, descended from the Bedfordshire family of that name. He owed his return at Aylesbury to his future mother-in-law, Dame Dorothy Pakington, owner of the borough, who in 1572 stated that she had chosen, named and appointed her ‘trusty and well-beloved Thomas Lichfield’ and his colleague George Burden as ‘my burgesses of my ... town of Aylesbury’.2
Most of the surviving information about him is concerned with a lucrative grant he received from Elizabeth in June 1568 (confirmed in December 1570), by which he was to have a substantial proportion of any sums of money he could recover in the Exchequer for the Queen’s use. He was proba