Thomas COVENTRY

(1st B. Coventry of Aylesborough)

Born: 1578

Died: 14 Jan 1639/40

Father: Thomas COVENTRY (Sir)

Mother: Margaret JEFFRIES

Married 1: Sarah SEBRIGHT (dau. of John Sebright and Anne Bullingham) BEF 1606

Children:

1. Elizabeth COVENTRY

2. Thomas COVENTRY (2 B. Coventry of Aylesborough) (b. ABT 1606 - d. 27 Oct 1661)

Married 2: Elizabeth ALDERSLEY (dau. of John Aldersey and Anne Lowe) BEF 1610

3. Mary COVENTRY

4. Anne COVENTRY (d. 1662)

5. Margaret COVENTRY (d. 11 Jul 1649)

6. Dorothy COVENTRY (d. ABT May 1679)

7. William COVENTRY (Sir) (d. 23 Jun 1686)

8. John COVENTRY (b. ABT 1611)

9. Francis COVENTRY (b. 1612 - d. 1680)

10. Henry COVENTRY (b. 1618 - d. 7 Dec 1686)


Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry of Aylesboorugh
by Cornelius Johnson, 1627


Born in 1578 at Croome Dabitot, Worcestershire, England. He was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Coventry and Margaret Jeffries. He married, firstly, Sarah Sebright, daughter of Sir Edward Sebright of Basford, Worcestershire. He married, secondly, Elizabeth Aldersey, daughter of John Aldersey of Spurston, Cheshire, and widow of William Pitchford.

After a private education he was sent to Balliol College, Oxford, in Michaelmas term 1592, but took no degree, and in Nov 1594 entered the Inner Temple. He was a practising barrister in Nov 1603. He held the office of Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1614. He held the office of Recorder of London from Nov 1616 to Mar 1617. He held the office of Solicitor-General between 1617 and 1621. He was invested as a Knight on 16 March 1616/17 at Theobalds, Hertfordshire, England. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Droitwich from 1620 to 1621. He held the office of Attorney-General from 1620/21 to 1625. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) on 30 Oct 1625. He held the office of Lord Keeper of the Great Seal between 1 Nov 1625 and 1640. He held the office of High Steward of Cambridge between 1626 and 1640. He was created 1st Baron Coventry of Aylesborough, co. Worcester [England] on 10 Apr 1628. He held the office of Lord High Steward on 25 Apr 1631, at the trial of Lord Audley. He held the office of Recorder of Boston in 1633. He held the office of High Steward of Kingston-on-Hull in 1633. He held the office of Recorder of Coventry between 1634 and 1640. He held the office of High Steward of St. Albans. He has an extensive biographical entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.

He died on 14 Jan 1639/40 at Durham House, the Strand, London, England. He was buried on 1 Mar 1639/40 at Croome Dabitot, Worcestershire, England. His will was probated on 18 Jan 1639/40.

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