HELE, Sir Thomas, 1st Bt. (c.1595-1670), of Flete House, Holbeton, Devon.
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Family and Education
b. c.1595, 2nd s. and h. of Thomas Hele of Flete by Bridget, da. of Sir Henry Champernowne of Modbury. educ. I. Temple 1614. m. (1) 20 Nov. 1629, Penelope (d. 7 Sept. 1630), da. and coh. of Emorb Johnson of South Petherton, Som., 1s. d.v.p.; (2) 16 July 1632, Elizabeth (bur. 14 Mar. 1646), da. of Edward Elwes, Merchant Taylor, of London, 7s. (5 d.v.p.) 2da. suc. fa. 1624; cr. Bt. 28 May 1627.1
J.p. Devon 1626-46, July 1660-d., sheriff Jan.-Oct. 1636, commr. of array 1642, assessment Aug. 1660-9, dep. lt. 1661-d., commr. for oyer and terminer, Western circuit 1661, corporations, Devon 1662-3.2
Col. of horse (royalist) ?1642-6.3
Hele’s ancestors had held land in Devon since at least the reign of Edward I, and had first sat for Plympton in 1355. Hele’s elder brother was disinherited, and he succeeded to an estate not overvalued at £1,165 p.a. A ship-money sheriff, he was a Royalist in the Civil War. He took part in the siege of Plymouth and sat in the Oxford Parliament. The fine for his delinquency was assessed under the Exeter articles at £2,834; but he seems to have escaped payment by settling three rectories, worth £280 p.a., on their parishes. He was mentioned in the confession of a royalist agent