KENT, Thomas (1590-1656), of Winsley and Devizes, Wilts.
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bap. 27 Oct. 1590,1 2nd but 1st surv. s. of John Kent* of Devizes and Mary, da. of Thomas Wyatt of Calne, Wilts.2 m. (1) 8 June 1612,3 Katherine (bur. 25 Jan. 1623), da. of Thomas Reade of Bradford, minister, 3s. (1 d.v.p.) 1da.; (2) by 1625, Margaret (bur. 2 Jan. 1656), 2s. 4da. (1 d.v.p.). suc. fa. 1630.4 d. 1656.5 sig. Thomas Kent.
The second son of Devizes’ town clerk, Kent followed his father into municipal government after the death of his older brother in 1612.9 That year he was nominated to help oversee the distribution of the borough’s municipal charities.10 Elected a minor burgess in October 1617, he progressed to the council in 1625, and the following year was made mayor and a borough magistrate. He also became steward of the borough courts, acting jointly with his father until 1629, when the latter retired. Elected to Parliament in 1628, he played no recorded part in either of its sessions, but received £15 from the corporation for his expenses and services.