CHAPLIN, Thomas (1591-1672), of Bury St. Edmunds, Suff.
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bap. 21 Oct. 1591, 3rd s. of William Chaplin (d.1629) of Semer by 1st w. Agnes. m. Elizabeth, da. of Robert Ignis alias Hynes, goldsmith, of Bury St. Edmunds, 2s. d.v.p. 2da.1
Alderman, Bury St. Edmunds by 1643-?62; commr. for execution of ordinances, Bury 1643, eastern association 1643, assessment, Bury 1645-52, Suff. 1649-52, Suff. and Bury 1657, Jan. 1660; elder, Bury classis 1647; commr. for militia, Suff. 1648, 1659, Bury Mar. 1660; j.p. Suff. 1650-Mar. 1660, commr. for security 1655-6.2
Member, high court of justice 1650.
Chaplin came of Suffolk yeoman stock. His grandfather had farmed at Long Melford, and his father was bailiff of Semer manor at his death. Chaplin himself set up as a linen-draper in Bury St. Edmunds. A Presbyterian and a parliamentary supporter in the Civil War, he held local office throughout the Interregnum, besides sitting in one of the high courts of justice. He represented Bury in Richard Cromwell’s Parliament and contested the borough at the general election of 1660, when