PRESTON, Thomas (d.1604), of Levens Hall in Furness, Lancs. and Preston Patrick, Westmld.

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

o.s. of John Preston of Preston Patrick by Helen, da. of Sir Christopher Curwen, sis. of Sir Thomas Curwen of Workington, Cumb. m. by 1573, Anne or Margaret, da. of John Westby of Mowbrick, Lancs., 1s. John.

Offices Held

J.p. Lancs., Westmld. from c.1583; sheriff, Lancs. 1584-5, commr. musters, Lancs. by 1596.1

Biography

Preston’s family originally came from Westmorland. His father purchased the site of Furness abbey at the dissolution of the monasteries, and settled in Lancashire. Whether Preston was returned for Knaresborough through his local standing or by the duchy of Lancaster has not been ascertained. The only mention of his name in the proceedings of the House is to his membership of the conference, 29 Mar. 1589, asking the Queen to declare war on Spain.