Sir Thomas ARUNDELL
Born: ABT 1500
Died: 26 Feb 1551/2
Father: John ARUNDELL (Sir Knight)
Mother: Eleanor GREY
Married: Margaret HOWARD
1. Matthew ARUNDELL HOWARD (Sir)
2. Charles ARUNDELL
3. Dorothy ARUNDELL
A second son, was a gentleman of
the Privy Chamber to
Cardinal Wolsey and served as Sheriff of Dorsetshire in
1531-32. He was knighted at the coronation of
Anne Boleyn in 1533.
In 1535 he was appointed to a commission for the supression of religious houses, a post with much opportunity for profit as the monasteries were broken up and their lands transferred to private hands. In 1545 Henry VIII granted him a church at Trescoe in the Scilly Isles.
In 1550 he was made receiver-general of the Duchy of Cornwall, another patronage plum, but that year he and his elder brother were committed to the Tower on suspicion of being involved in the rising in Cornwall in support of "the old religion". Released in 1551, he was almost immediately recommitted, this time a victim of the politics surrounding the fall of the Protector Somerset in the first years of the reign of Edward VI.
Brought to trial with Sir Ralph Vane, he was acquitted of treason but convicted of felony and sentenced to be hanged. The sentence was commuted to beheading and was carried out on Feb 26 1552, the same day that Sir Ralph Vane, Sir Miles Partridge, and Sir Miles Stanhope were likewise executed at the Tower.
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