WAAD, Thomas (d.1594), of Gray's Inn and St. Michael Basinghall, London.

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

2nd s. of Armagil Waad of Belsize, Hampstead, Mdx. by his 1st w. Alice, da. of Richard Patten alias Wainfleet of Newington, London, wid. of Thomas Searle of London; bro. of William. educ. G. Inn 1565, called. 1577. m. the da. and h. of one Pope.

Offices Held

Reader, G. Inn 1589.


Waad, a lawyer, may have been brought in for East Retford by the 3rd Earl of Rutland, perhaps through the intervention of Waad’s brother, the clerk of the Privy Council, who on a number of occasions got him employment on government cases. In 1595 William Waad informed Cecil that the papers relating to the cases on which Thomas had been working had been found amongst his brother’s possessions, ‘with all his notes and arguments for her Majesty’s title’ to certain lands that had belonged to the dukes of Norfolk.

Waad’s nuncupative will was made on 17 and proved on 31 Dec. 1594. He appointed his wife sole executrix and residuary legatee: ‘She shall have all who should have it; I bleed, I bleed that I have no more for her’.

Mdx. Peds. (Harl. Soc. lxv), 33; G. Inn Pens. Bk. i. 28, 86; HMC Rutland, i. 173, 180; HMC Hatfield, v. 492; PCC 20 Alenger, 6 Lyon, 86 Dixy.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: A. M. Mimardière