Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton
Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton KG (
21 December, 1505– July 30, 1550) (pronounced "Risly") was a politicianof the Tudor period born in London to William Wrythe and Agnes Drayton. He married Jane Cheney and they had four children:
#William Wriothesley (born before September 12 1535 and died in August of 1537)
#Anthony Wriothesley (born & died an infant in 1542)
#Elizabeth Wriothesley (b. abt. 1536 she died in 1554 and was buried
16 January, 1554she married Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussexbefore November 1, 1545.
Henry Wriothesley, 2nd Earl of Southampton(Christened 24 April, 1545– 4 October, 1581married Mary Browne
Entering the service of Henry VIII at an early age, Wriothesley soon made himself very useful to his royal master, and he was richly rewarded when the monasteries were dissolved, obtaining extensive lands between Southampton and Winchester.
Having been on errands abroad, he was made one of the king's principal secretaries in 1540, and was knighted in the same year; in spite of the fall of his patron,
Thomas Cromwell, he rose higher and higher in the royal favour, and in 1542 it was said that he governed almost everything in England. He sought to bring about an alliance between England and Spainin 1543, and was created Baron Wriothesley of Titchfieldin 1544.
Lord Privy Sealfor a few months, he became Lord Chancellorin 1544, in which capacity he became notorious for his persecution of Anne Askew; some say that he actually operated himself the rack on which Askew was tortured. Certainly he was one of the executors of Henry's will, and in accordance with the dead king's wishes he was created Earl of Southampton on 16 February, 1547. However, he had been incautious enough to appoint four persons to relieve him of his duties as Lord Chancellor, and advantage was taken of this to deprive him of his office in March, when he also ceased to be a member of the Privy Council.
Later he was readmitted to the Council, and he took a leading part in bringing about the fall of
Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, but he had not regained his former position when he died. His successor in the earldom was his son, Henry.
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