THYMBLEBY, Sir Richard (c.1507-90), of Irnham, Lincs. and East Bridgeford, Notts.

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

b. c.1507, 1st s. of Sir John Thymbleby by Margaret, da. of John Boys. m. (1) Katherine, da. of Sir Robert Tyrwhitt of Kettleby, Lincs., 3s. inc. John 4da.; (2) Elizabeth, ?da. of Thomas Moore, 1s. d.v.p. suc. fa. 1550. Kntd. bef. Nov. 1551.

Offices Held

Commr. to inquire into church goods, Lincs. 1553; j.p. Lincs. (Kesteven) prob. by 1547, (Lindsey) from c.1559; sheriff, Lincs. 1551-2, 1560-1.


The pardon roll of 1553 described Thymbleby as ‘of Irnham ... late of Lynn Regis, Norfolk’, but he still had a house at Lynn in July of that year, when (presumably as one of Northumberland’s adherents) he was first committed to the custody of the knight marshal, and then licensed to return to Lynn, on condition that he kept away from court until Queen Mary’s pleasure was known. A convinced protestant, he was classified as ‘earnest in religion’. There are few references to him during the last 20 years of his long life, during which he lived as a country gentleman and sheep-farmer. He died on 25 Sept. 1590, lord of the manor of East Bridgeford, but there seems to be no evidence as to whether he still held any Norfolk property. The heir to his estates at Irnham, Beelsby, Bulby and Hawthorpe, Lincolnshire was his son John, aged 57.

E150/585/15; C142/228/97; Lincs. Peds. (Harl. Soc. lii), 957; Genealogist (ser. 1), v. 114; vi. 285; CPR, 1550-3, p. 45; 1553-4, p. 455; 1553 and App. Edw. VI. pp. 355, 414; 1560-3, p. 439; APC, iv. 307, app. 420; Cam. Misc. ix(3), p. 27; Lansd. 1218, f. 18; HMC 14th Rep. VIII, 240; PCC 17 Coode.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge