KENT, Thomas (1590-1656), of Winsley and Devizes, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
Available from Cambridge University Press

Constituency

Dates

Family and Education

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.

Offices Held

Burgess, Devizes 1617, member of the Twelve 1622, common councilman 1625-c.1640,6 mayor 1626, 1632, 1639,7 steward of ct. of record (jt.) 1626-9, (sole) 1629-c.1640.8

Biography

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.