WHITE, Sir Thomas (1507-66), of South Warnborough, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Oct. 1553
Apr. 1554
Nov. 1554

Family and Education

b. 25 Mar. 1507, 1st s. of Robert White of South Warnborough by Elizabeth, da. of Sir Thomas Englefield of Englefield, Berks. educ. I. Temple, called. m. bef. 1532, Agnes, da. of Robert White of Farnham, Surr., sis. of Sir John White, 14s. inc. Henry and Thomas 6da. suc. fa. 2 Mar. 1521. Kntd. 2 Oct. 1553.

Offices Held

Clerk of the Crown and attorney King’s (Queen’s) bench 1542-Apr. 1559; treasurer, bishopric of Winchester 1538-d.; j.p. Hants 1547, q. by 1554, rem. 1558; keeper of Farnham castle, Surr. 1540- d.; master of requests 1553-?58; bencher, I. Temple by 1555, gov. 1557.


Despite his extensive estates acquired at the dissolution of the monasteries, White, a Catholic, was put off the commission of the peace at the accession of Elizabeth. Nevertheless elected knight of the shire he opposed the new prayer book, and stated that Sir Ambrose Cave, chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, disliked it. Cave’s complaint that White had misrepresented him was upheld by the House on 4 Mar. 1559: ‘Therefore Mr. White, standing, asked him forgiveness; which Mr. Chanc