CROMPTON, Thomas III (d.c.1607), of Hounslow, Mdx. and Skerne, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

1st s. of Thomas Crompton II of Bennington, Herts. by Mary, da. of Robert Hodgson of London. educ. I. Temple 1595. m. 1597, Meriel (d.1600), da. of Sir Edward Carey of Aldenham and Berkhampstead, Herts., 1da. suc. fa. 1601 Kntd. 1603.1

Offices Held

Gent. usher by 1603.2


Crompton was nominated for his two parliamentary seats by his wife’s kinsman Sir George Carey, patron of both boroughs. The son of a ‘faithful follower’ and agent of the Earl of Essex, Crompton himself was one of the Earl’s supporters. An abstract of his deposition after the rising of 8 Feb. 1601 reads:

He confesseth he was at sermon at Paul’s cross when the Earl passed by and thereupon followed and put himself into the troop and went with them into the sheriffs house. And when the Earl came forth he drew his sword as the rest did and was in the company [when] the Earl was resisted at Ludgate. And then he thought that he had gone too far and so left the company. And denieth that ever he heard the proclamation either by report or otherwise.

He was imprisoned until 31 Mar. 1601 on being ‘bound with his father for £1,000 to remain at his father’s house’. He got off with a £400 fine. In April 1604 he was granted permission to travel for three years; possibly he never again returned to England. He was killed allegedly by a robber at Abbeville in 1607.3

In his will, dated 18 Oct. 1601, he asked to be buried at Hounslow, and left all his household stuff and the proceeds from the sale of two manors in Yorkshire to his only daughter Catherine. To his brother John he bequeathed lands, ‘of which there is not one not either sold or embezzled but Bishop Burton, in lieu of which I leave him Foldingham, a better thing than it was’. He made provision for his younger brothers and sisters, and appointed his brother-in-law William Gee, and friend Francis Swift, as executors, with his friends Sir Henry Carey and (Sir) Henry Lindley overseers. The will was proved on 13 Feb. 1607.4

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Patricia Hyde


  • 1. Mdx. Peds. (Harl. Soc. lxv), 164; VCH Herts. iii. 75; Clutterbuck, Herts. i. 137; ii. 282; Genealogist, n.s. xxxi. 254-5; PCC 18 Montague; Chamberlain Letters ed. McClure, i. 133.
  • 2. LC2/4/4.
  • 3. HMC Hatfield, vii. 222; lx. 149; Fogler mss. 2007, i. p. 7; APC, xxxi. 160, 188, 261, 314, 328, 353; HMC Hatfield, xi. 87, 157, 214; CSP Dom. 1603-10, p. 103; Genealogist. loc. cit.
  • 4. PCC 10 Huddleston.