HIGHGATE, Thomas (by 1533-76), of Hayes, Mdx.
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b. by 1533. m. by 1563, Elizabeth Stonor (bur. 26 Apr. 1610), of Stonor, Oxon., 5. 4da.
Servant of 1st Earl of Pembroke; j.p. Mdx. 1569.
Highgate, a soldier, commanded the 1st Earl of Pembroke’s personal troops in France in September 1557, and in the 1570s was noted as one who had served in the wars. He was probably the ‘Mr. Highgate’ who fought under Pembroke against Wyatt’s rebels in 1554, and also the ‘Hyegate’ who was one of the captains of the troops sent to Le Havre in January 1563. In 1560 the 1st Earl granted him Ludgrave farm in Hadley, Middlesex, and he also seems to have had a little property at Edmonton in the same county. He witnessed an addition to the 1st Earl’s will on the night of 16/17 Mar. 1570 when Pembroke lay dying at Hampton Court, and was described as the Earl’s steward when he attended the funeral at St. Paul’s 18 Apr. Both the 1st and 2nd Earls returned him for Wilton. Highgate died at Hayes 15 Aug. 1576, and was buried there 21 Aug. He left a 13 year-old son.
Mdx. Peds. (Harl. Soc. lxv), 87; C142/174/40; HMC Foljambe, 5; Lansd. 22, f. 51; Chron. Q. Jane and Q. Mary (Cam. Soc. xlviii), 188; APC, vii. 133; CPR, 1560-3, p. 53; Cal. London and Mdx. Feet of Fines, ed. hardy and Poge, ii. 152; PCC 15 Lyons; Pembroke Survey (Roxburghe Club), ii. 558; Wilts. Arch. Mag. xviii. 128; Nichols, Leics. iv. 628.