Thomas Jermyn (died 1645)

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Arms of Jermyn: Quarterly of nine: 1, Sable, a crescent between two mullets in pale argent (Jermyn); 2, Sable a fess between three roses or (Rushbrook);. 3, Quarterly or and gules, on a bordure engrailed sable eight escallops argent (Heveningham); 4, Paly of six or and azure (Jarvill); 5, Argent, on a bend azure three eagles displayed or (Gissinge); 6,Argent, semy of fleurs-de-lys gules (Redesham); 7, Ermine, three chevrons sable (Reppes); 8, Azure, a hound passant argent (Burgon);[1] 9, Gules, three bird-bolts in fess argent[2] (Bozum)

Sir Thomas Jermyn (1573–1645) was an English politician, courtier and Royalist who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1604 and 1640.

Early life

Jermyn was the son of Sir Robert Jermyn of Rushbrooke, Suffolk. He was admitted at Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1585. He was knighted at Rouen, France in 1591 and became Knight of the Bath in 1603.[3]


In 1604, Jermyn was elected Member of Parliament for Andover and held the seat until 1611. In 1614, he was elected MP for Bury St Edmunds. He was re-elected for Bury St Edmunds in the elections in 1621, 1623, 1625, 1626 and 1628. In 1629 King Charles decided to rule for eleven years without parliament.

In April 1640, Jermyn was re-elected MP for Bury St Edmunds in the Short Parliament.[4] He became Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk in 1640, and also served as Comptroller of the Household between 1639 and 1641.[3] He fought as a Royalist during the English Civil War and became disabled through injury in 1644. He died a year later at the age of 72.

Marriage & progeny

File:Catherine Killigrew Lady Jermyn Marcus Gheeraerts II (Yale).jpg
Catherine Killigrew (born 1579) (Lady Jermyn), at age 35, daughter of Sir William Killigrew and wife of Sir Thomas Jermyn (died 1645). 1614 Portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (1561–1636), Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut

Jermyn married Catherine Killigrew (born 1579) a daughter of Sir William Killigrew (died 1622)[3] of Hanworth, Middlesex, a courtier to Queen Elizabeth I and to King James I, whom he served as Groom of the Privy Chamber. Her portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (1561–1636) survives in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA. By his wife he had progeny including:


  1. As for Burgoyne of South Tawton, Devon
  2. Here depicted erroneously as on a fess argent three bird-bolts gules
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  4. Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. pp. 5V09AAAAYAAJ&pg&#61, RA2-PA229#v&#61, onepage&q&f&#61, false 229–239.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
with unknown
Member of Parliament for Andover
With: Thomas Antrobus
Succeeded by
Richard Venables
Peter Noyes
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds
With: Sir Robert Crane, 1st Baronet 1614
Josiah Woodford 1621
, Anthony Crofts 1623
Sir William Spring 1625
Emanuel Gifford 1626
Sir William Hervey 1628–1629
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds
With: John Godbolt 1640
Succeeded by
Thomas Jermyn
Sir Thomas Barnardiston