Thomas Tesdale

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Thomas Tesdale
File:Glympton StMary ThomasTesdale alabaster.JPG
Alabaster likeness of Thomas Tesdale in the Tesdale monument in Glympton parish church
Born 1547
Stanford Dingley, Berkshire
Died 13 June 1610
Glympton, Oxfordshire
Occupation Maltster, woad grower and dyer
Known for Benefactor of Abingdon School and Pembroke College, Oxford
Spouse(s) Maud Stone

Thomas Tesdale (1547–1610) was an English maltster, benefactor of the town of Abingdon in the English county of Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) and the primary founding benefactor of Pembroke College, Oxford.

Life and career

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Alabaster likeness of Maud Tesdale in the Tesdale monument in Glympton parish church

Thomas was born in Stanford Dingley in Berkshire and attended John Roysse's Free School in Abingdon (now Abingdon School). He became a rich maltster in the town, where he served as mayor, and purchased the manor of Ludwell in Oxfordshire.[1]

Tesdale grew wealthy as maltster in Abingdon,[2] and served as Master of Christ's Hospital of Abingdon. In 1581 he was elected mayor, but he did not serve his term as he had left the borough when he bought the manor of Ludwell[clarification needed] in Oxfordshire. Soon after 1586 he moved to Glympton near Woodstock, Oxfordshire, where he rented the manor, raised livestock and grew and milled woad for dyeing.[2]

Death and legacy

He left no children of his marriage to Maud Stone when he died, but gave £5,000 for the education of seven fellows and six scholars from his old school at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1623, this money was augmented by the Reverend Richard Wightwick of East Ilsley and used instead for the transformation of Broadgates Hall into Pembroke College, named after the Chancellor, William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 John Platt, ‘Tesdale, Thomas (bap. 1547, d. 1610)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 30 January 2013]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Crossley, 1983, pages 120–131

Printed sources

  • Crossley, Alan (ed.); Baggs, A.P.; Colvin, Christina; Colvin, H.M.; Cooper, Janet; Day, C.J.; Selwyn, Nesta; Tomkinson, A. (1983). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 11: Wootton Hundred (northern part). Victoria County History. pp. 120–131.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Macleane, Rev. Douglas (1897). A History of Pembroke College, Oxford, Recently Broadgates Hall. First Series. 33. Oxford Historical Society.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Savage, H. (1668). Balliofergus, or, A commentary upon the foundation, founders, and affaires, of Balliol colledge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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