Thomas VAUX

(2nd B. Vaux of Harrowden)

Born: 25 Apr 1509

Died: Oct 1556

Father: Nicholas VAUX (1 B. Vaux of Harrowden)

Mother: Anne GREEN

Married: Elizabeth CHENEY (B. Vaux of Harrowden)


1. William VAUX (3 B. Vaux of Harrowden)

2. Anne VAUX

3. Maud VAUX

4. Nicholas VAUX

5. Catherine VAUX

English poet, eldest son of Nicholas Vaux, 1st Baron Vaux, was born in 1510. In 1527 he accompanied Cardinal Wolsey on bis embassy to France; he attended Henry VIII. to Calais and Boulogne in 1532; in 1531 he took his seat in the House of Lords, and was made Knight of the Bath at the coronation of Anne Boleyn. He was captain of the Isle of Jersey until 1536.

He married Elizabeth Cheney, her age 18, him age 14, the year his father died and he succeeded. While they were not relations, his father had once been married to her grandmother, and so they had Throckmorton cousins in common.

He sold his only crown office, the governorship of Jersey, to Edward Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp.

Two of his poems were included in the Songes and Sonettes of Surrey (Tottel's Miscellany, 1557). They are "The assault of Cupid upon the fort where the lover's hart lay wounded, and how he was taken," and the "Dittye... representinge the Image of Deathe," which the gravedigger in Shakespeare's Hamlet misquotes. Thirteen pieces in the Paradise of Dainty Devices (1576) are signed by him.

Lord Thomas died in Oct 1556. Sketches of Vaux and his wife by Holbein are at Windsor, and a finished portrait of Lady Vaux is at Hampton Court.

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Elizabeth Cheney

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