GIRDLER, Thomas (b.c.1510), of Salisbury, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Apr. 1554

Family and Education

b. c.1510. educ. Winchester 1523; New Coll. Oxf. 1527, fellow 1527-34, BA 1531. m.

Offices Held

Bp. of Winchester’s receiver, manor and hundred of Downton by 1558; ?subwarden of Trinity hospital, Salisbury c.1560-4.


When Girdler entered New College, Oxford, he was described as of ‘St. Thomas in Salisbury’. A contemporary there was John White, bishop of Winchester 1556-9, whose servant Girdler became. His job at Downton together with his connexion with White twice brought about his return for the borough, and after White had been deprived and put in the Tower, Girdler was given access to him (May 1559) ‘for the understanding of his reckonings and accounts’. Girdler probably retired to Salisbury: in 1562 a man of his name signed the churchwardens’ accounts at St. Thomas’s parish there.

T. F. Kirby, Winchester Scholars, 112; Reg. Univ. Oxf. ed. Boase, i. 322; Eccl.2/155896; APC, vii. 103-4; LP Hen. VIII, xxi(2), p. 166; Wilts. Arch. Mag. xxxvi. 412; Churchwardens’ Accts. of St. Edmund and St. Thomas, Sarum (Wilts. Rec. Soc. 1896), 282.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Authors: N. M. Fuidge / A. D.K. Hawkyard