STAFFORD, Thomas (c.1574-1655).

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.1574, illegit. s. of Sir George Carew, later Earl of Totness. m. aft. 1633, Mary, da. of Sir Henry Woodhouse of Kimberley, Norf., wid. of Sir Robert Killigrew of St. Margaret Lothbury, London. Kntd. 1611.

Offices Held

Gent. usher of privy chamber to Queen Anne by 1619, and to Queen Henrietta Maria.


Stafford may have been brought up in Sir George Carew’s household, and was possibly associated, from an early date, with his activities in Ireland. In his will Carew bequeathed Stafford his pension of £500 a year payable from the alienations office, as well as all his books and manuscripts. Stafford’s return for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis in 1593 was presumably arranged by (Sir) Walter Ralegh. As ‘Sir’ Thomas Stafford he was at the conference with the Lords about the subsidy, 1 Mar. 1593. This is the only reference found to him in the 1593 Parliament, and the remainder of his career lies outside the purview of this biography. His will was made 25 Aug. 1653 and proved by his widow 20 Feb. 1655. He was buried in the parish church of Stratford-on-Avon in the same tomb as the Earl of Totness.

Analecta Hibernica, ii. 295; EHR, xlii. 263-4; DNB (Killigrew, Robert); G. Inn Adm. Reg. 153; PCC 36 Ridley, 243 Aylett; Roberts thesis, 210; D’Ewes, 481; CP, xii(1), p. 801.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: A. M. Mimardière