NORRIS, Thomas (d.1607), of Congham, Norf.

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 John Norris of Congham by Alice, da. of Robert Might of Flitcham. educ. I. Temple 1572, ancient 1601. m. 30 Dec. 1583, Elizabeth, da. of Humphrey Guybon of Castle Acre, 2s. 1da. suc. fa. 1572.

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Norris never achieved the status of a Norfolk j.p. though his marriage to the sister of a fellow-member of the Inner Temple, Thomas Guybon, must have brought him connexions with the gentry in the neighbourhood of Lynn and Castle Rising. His return for the latter borough in 1586 was probably due to his friendship with Edward Coke, his near-contemporary at the Inner Temple, whom he made overseer of his will. Norris died 4 Nov. 1607, leaving his lands to his elder son and his goods to his daughter Alice. Two of his executors were his brother Cuthbert and his ‘loving uncle’ William Guybon. Norris was not the man who was deputy to the vice-chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster in 1574.

Vis. Norf. 1664 (Harl. Soc. lxxxvi), 147; Vis. Norf. (Norf. and Norwich Arch. Soc.), i. 180; Cal. I.T. Recs. i. 441; PCC 95 Windebanck; C142/304/70; Somerville, Duchy, i. 481.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Roger Virgoe