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Thomas 
Brudenell
1573 - 1663


Thomas 
Brudenell
, of Deene. Created a Baron in 1623 and 1st Earl of Cardigan in 166?, Thomas was also a graduate of Cambridge University, and legally trained at the Inns of Court. Owner of estates in eight counties, his vast fortune was somewhat decimated when his 18 year old son and heir Robert, sent abroad to complete his education, was captured at sea, by Spanish privateers, and eventually jailed in Spain where a £5,000 ransom was demanded, an enormous sum in those days. The money was eventually raised, and Robert returned to England after 2 years in captivity. Thomas supported the royalist cause, and was convicted, by Cromwell's Parliament of High Treason. Committed to the Tower of London on January 22nd 1646. While incarcerated he learned of the death of his brother John in Newgate goal where he had lanquished since being taken prisoner during the storming of Burghley House by Gromwell in 1643. Thomas was released sometime in l648, and later that year received a personal letter from King Charles I offering him an earldom if he would help to finance a plot for an uprising against the parliamentarians. King Charles was at that time a prisoner at Carisbrook Castle on the Isle of Wight. Sir Thomas, at great risk, advanced £1,000 but within a few months King Charles had been executed at Whitehall. However, the earldom was honoured shortly after the restoration of King Charles II and personally received at the hands of the King - Earl and. Lady Cardigan attending the coronation in Westminster Abbey.

Born: 1573Baptised:
Died: 16th Sep 1663Buried:
Family:
Brudenell

Titles:

Ancestors
[ Patrilineage | Matrilineage | Earliest Ancestors | Force | Force2 | Options ]

1.
Thomas 
Brudenell
(
Tresham
) 1573 - 1663
2.
Robert 
Brudenell
+ post 1573
4.
 
   
 

Siblings


1.
John 
Brudenell
post 1573 - 1646

Spouses



1. ante 1607
Mary 
Tresham
(
Brudenell
) + post 1607

Descendants
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a.
Mary 
Tresham
(
Brudenell
) + post 1607
1.
M/? 
Brudenell
2.
M/? 
Brudenell
3.
Robert 
Brudenell
1607 - 1703
3a. ?
3.1.
Maria Anna 
Brudenell
3.2.
Francis 
Brudenell
+ 1698 ...
Sources

  • Family Archivists: see
    Brudenell
  • The Gunpowder Plot, by Antonia Fraser, ISBN 029781348X
  • http://freespace.virgin.net/brudenell.forum/

Timeline


1573Born
ante 1607Married
Mary 
Tresham
(
Brudenell
) + post 1607
26th Feb 1628
Thomas 
Brudenell
(
Tresham
) 1573 - 1663 inherited the title
Brudenell
  [B] of Stanton Wivill
20th Apr 1661
Thomas 
Brudenell
(
Tresham
) 1573 - 1663 inherited the title
Cardigan
  [E]
16th Sep 1663Died
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