DACRES, Sir Thomas (1587-1668), of Cheshunt, Herts.
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Family and Education
b. 19 Oct. 1587, 1st s. of Sir Thomas Dacres of Cheshunt by 2nd w. Dorothy, da. of Thomas Pigott of Doddershall, Bucks. educ. St. John’s, Camb. 1603. m. c.1609 (with £2,000), Martha, da. of Thomas Elmes of Lilford, Northants., 9s. (3 d.v.p.) 4da. suc. fa. 1615, kntd. 22 Feb. 1617.2
Sheriff, Herts. Aug.-Nov. 1615, j.p. c.1621-49, 1656-d., dep. lt. by 1627-42, commr. for assessment 1643-8, Aug. 1660-d., Hunts. 1647-8, Northants. Aug. 1660-1, sequestration, Herts. 1643, defence 1643, accounts 1643, levying of money 1643, eastern association 1643; treas. Cromwell’s regt. 1644; commr. for new model ordinance, Herts. 1644; member, council of war, Kent 1645; commr. for militia, Herts. and Hunts. 1648, Herts. Mar. 1660, oyer and terminer, Northern circuit July 1660.3
Commr. for exclusion from sacrament 1646, appeals, Oxf. Univ. 1647, scandalous offences 1648, adventurers [I] 1654.
Dacres was the great-grandson of one of Henry VIII’s masters of requests, who acquired the college and advowson of Higham Ferrers as well as the property at Cheshunt where the family lived. His grandfather sat for Castle Rising in 1571. Dacres, a Presbyterian, felt the weight of Archbishop Laud’s displeasure, and supported Parliament throughout the first Civil War, but was turned back by the soldiers, to his great indignation, at Pride’s Purge. He was involved in a double return with Edward Harby for Higham Ferrers at the general election of 1660, which was resolved in his favour