FLEMING, Sir Thomas II (c.1572-1624), of North Stoneham, nr. Southampton, Hants.
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Family and Education
b. c.1572, 1st s. of Sir Thomas Fleming* of North Stoneham and Mary, da. of Richard James of Newport, I.o.W.; bro. of Philip*.1 educ. Emmanuel, Camb. 1586; L. Inn 1590;2 travelled abroad 1615.3 m. settlement 1 Feb. 1605 (with £1,400),4 Dorothy, da. of Sir Henry Cromwell† alias Williams of Hinchingbrooke, Hunts, 3s. (1 d.v.p.) 4da. (2 d.v.p).5 kntd. 27 Feb. 1605;6 suc. fa. 1613.7 d. 19 Feb. 1624.8
Freeman, Southampton, Hants 1599,9 Winchester, Hants 1607;10 capt. militia ft. Hants by 1604-d.;11 j.p. Hants by 1614-d.;12 commr. gaol delivery, Southampton, 1610-d.,13 piracy, Hants 1611-19,14 wool exports, Sandwich, Kent 1616,15 sewers, Winchester 1617.16
Although specially admitted to Lincoln’s Inn during his father’s readership, Fleming declined to take up a career in the legal profession, preferring the life of a country gentleman. He was returned for Southampton at a by-election ahead of the second session of the first Stuart Parliament as replacement for his father when the latter became a judge. On 10 Feb. 1606 he was added to the committee to examine the charter of the Spanish Company, of which his father was a member.17 Later the same day he was also among those ordered to consider the subsidy bill.18 Although Southampton corporation noted on 13 July 1607 that, with his colleague Sir John Jeffery*, he had been to much trouble and expense during the third session over the bill to confirm the town’s charter, and had solicited his father’s help, his efforts left no trace on the parliamentary records.19 In the fourth session Fleming’s only appointments were to two committees for private bills.20 He was re-elected for Southampton in 1614, but does not appear in the records of the Addled Parliament.
Fleming accompanied his brother on a Continental tour in 1615, and during his absence Southampton corporation, hearing rumours of a forthcoming Parliament, decided to offer a seat to Sir Thomas Lake I*.21 However, by the time the third Stuart Parliament was actually summoned, in 1620, Lake had been disgraced, so Fleming was re-elected without contest. He again went unnoticed in the parliamentary records. He drew up his will on 12 Aug. 1622, leaving Stoneham to his heir, Thomas, portions of £2,000 each to his two daughters, and lands in the Isle of Wight to his younger son.22 He had already donated the site for a grammar school to be built at Newport in 1614, and organized subscriptions towards the cost of the building, to which he added further contributions in 1617, although the project remained unfulfilled until after his death on 19 Feb. 1624.23 He was buried beside his wife in North Stoneham chapel, which he had recently repaired. Among his executors were his brother-in-law Sir John Mill*, and his cousins Sir Daniel Norton* and Sir Edward Dennys*, whom he asked to purchase the wardship of his children. He also requested the king to favour this arrangement in memory of his father, who had ‘never begged anything’. He was clearly on affectionate terms with his five brothers, one of whom was to be maintained for life at North Stoneham.24 His grandson Edward was elected for Southampton in 1689.
Ref Volumes: 1604-1629
Authors: Virginia C.D. Moseley / Rosemary Sgroi
- 1. C142/337/105; Vis. Hants (Harl. Soc. lxiv), 157.
- 2. Al. Cant.; LI Admiss.
- 3. S03/6, unfol. (June 1615).
- 4. Add. Ch. 33159; C142/337/105.
- 5. PROB 11/143, f. 393; VCH Hunts. ii. 67.
- 6. Shaw, Knights of Eng. ii. 137.
- 7. C142/337/105.
- 8. C142/404/137.
- 9. HMC 11th Rep. III, 22.
- 10. Hants RO, W/B1/1, f. 312.
- 11. Whithed Letter Bk. (Hants Rec. ser. i), 27; CSP Dom. Addenda, 1625-49, p. 57.
- 12. C66/1988; C193/13/1.
- 13. C181/2, ff. 118, 356v; 181/3, ff. 20, 104v.
- 14. C181/2, ff. 138v, 340.
- 15. APC, 1616-17, p. 29.
- 16. C181/2, f. 296v.
- 17. CJ, i. 265b.
- 18. Ibid. 266b.
- 19. Soton Assembly Bks. 1602-8 ed. J.W. Horrocks (Soton Rec. Soc. xix), 42; Soton Mayor’s Bk. ed. W.J. Connor (Soton Rec. Ser. xxi), 74; Soton City Archives, SC5/2/2, f. 112v; Soton Charters ed. E. Welch (Soton Pprs, iv), 16; CJ, i. 364b, 365b, 379a, 390a.
- 20. CJ, i. 415b, 421b.
- 21. Soton Assembly Bks. 1615-16 ed. J.W. Horrocks (Soton Rec. Soc. xxv), 33.
- 22. PROB 11/143, f. 393.
- 23. VCH Hants, ii. 391, v. 264; C142/404/137.
- 24. PROB 11/143, f. 393.