Thomas Parry (ambassador)

Sir Thomas Parry (1541 – 30 May 1616) was an English politician and diplomat during the Tudor period.[1]

He was the son of Sir Thomas Parry Senior of Welford Park in Berkshire, the Controller of the Royal Household, by his wife, Anne, the daughter of Sir William Reade of Boarstall in Buckinghamshire.[1] He was educated at Winchester School (1558).

He first entered Parliament in 1571 as member for Bridport. He was appointed High Sheriff of Berkshire for 1575-76 and 1587–88 and made a deputy lieutenant for Berkshire in 1593.

From 1586 to 1587, during the reign of Elizabeth I of England, he was the Member of Parliament for Berkshire.[2] and again in 1614, in between (1610) being MP for St Albans.[1] In 1601, he was knighted and appointed English ambassador to France for four years.[1] Upon his return to England, he was made Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.[1]

He died intestate in 1616 at his home, Hamstead Marshall House, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.[1] He had married Dorothy Brooke of Bristol, maid of honour to the Queen; they had no children.


Parliament of England
Preceded by
John Hastings
Richard Inkpenne
Member of Parliament for Bridport
With: George Trenchard
Succeeded by
Miles Sandys
John Russell, Lord Russell
Preceded by
Sir Henry Neville
Edward Unton
Member of Parliament for Berkshire
With: Edward Unton
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Norreys
Sir Edward Hoby
Preceded by
Tobie Matthew
Adolph Carey
Member of Parliament for St Albans
With: Sir Henry Helmes
Succeeded by
Thomas Perient
Henry Finch
Preceded by
Sir Henry Neville
Francis Knollys
Member of Parliament for Berkshire
With: Sir Henry Neville
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Lovelace
Sir Robert Knollys

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