BACON, Thomas (c.1620-97), of Friston, Suff. and Wandsworth, Surr.
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Family and Education
b. c.1620, o.s. of Nathaniel Bacon of Friston by Anne, da. of Sir Thomas Le Gros of Crostwick, Norf. educ. Corpus Christi, Camb. 1637; G. Inn 1640, called 1651, ancient 1658. m. (1) Elizabeth (d. 2 Jan. 1649), da. of Sir Robert Brooke† of Cockfield Hall, Yoxford, Suff., 1s. d.v.p. 1da.; (2) Martha, da. of Sir John Reade of Wrangle, Lincs., wid. of Edward Empson of Boston, Lincs., 1da. suc. fa. 1644.1
Commr. for assessment, Suff. 1644-52, 1657, Aug. 1660-80, j.p. 1645-53, 1657-87; elder, Saxmundham classis 1647; commr. for militia, Suff. 1648, Mar. 1660, scandalous ministers 1654, recusants 1675.2
Bacon’s great-grandfather, a younger brother of the Elizabethan lord keeper, bought Friston some time before his death in 1573. Bacon’s father served on the county committee in the Civil War, and Bacon himself, though a Presbyterian like his cousins of the Shrubland branch, retained local office during the Interregnum. He represented the county under the Protectorate, but early in 1660 he signed the Suffolk petition for a free Parliament and on behalf of the county gentry thanked the common council of London for their efforts in the same cause.3
At the general election of 1660 Bacon was returned for Aldeburgh, a borough three miles from his home, of which his cousin Francis Bacon, was recorder. Lord Wharton classed him as a friend, and appears to have entrusted to him the management of the county Members Sir Henry Felton and Henry North, as well as