EKINS, Thomas (c.1650-1702), of Rushden, Northants.
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Family and Education
b. c.1650, 2nd but o. surv. s. of John Ekins of Rushden by Elizabeth, da. of Nicholas Mason of Bletsoe, Beds. educ. M. Temple 1666, called 1674, bencher 1696. ?m. ?1s. suc. fa. 1677.1
Receiver, honor of Higham Ferrers 1691–1702.2
Several branches of the Ekins family were extant in Northamptonshire in the later 17th century, but it has proved impossible to determine the one to which this particular Thomas Ekins and his immediate forebears belonged. The manor of Rushden had been acquired by Ekins’ father, who gained local notoriety for sturdily resisting the levy of ship-money, and during the Interregnum held Rushden Hall. Ekins himself, probably owing to his position as a younger son, embarked on a legal career, and even after succeeding to his father’s estate in 1677 maintained a barrister’s practice. In 1698 he was elected without opposition at Higham Ferrers, a mile or so north of his residence. Before the new Parliament convened he was identified as a member of the Country party, and was subs