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For Sir Thomas Bromley's cousin, also Sir Thomas Bromley, chief justice of the king's bench, see Thomas Bromley (chief justice)
Sir Thomas Bromley.

Sir Thomas Bromley (1530-11 April 1587), English lord chancellor, was born in Staffordshire. He was educated at Oxford University and called to the bar at the Middle Temple. Through family influence as well as the patronage of Sir Nicholas Bacon, the lord keeper, he quickly made progress in his profession.

In 1566 he was appointed recorder of London, and in 1569 he became solicitor-general. He sat in parliament successively for Bridgnorth, Wigan and Guildford. On the death of Sir Nicholas Bacon in 1579 he was appointed lord chancellor. As an equity judge he showed great and profound knowledge, and his rule in Shelley's Case is a landmark in the history of English real property law.

He presided over the commission which tried Mary I of Scotland in 1586, but the strain of the trial and the enormous responsibility of ordering the execution of a monarch proved too much for his strength, and he died soon after. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.

His wife was Elizabeth Fortesque, daughter of Sir Adrian Fortesque, and by her he had four sons and four daughters. His eldest son was Sir Henry Bromley.[1]

See Foss, Lives of the Judges; and Campbell, Lives of the Lord Chancellors.

References

  1. ^ N. G. Jones, ‘Bromley, Sir Thomas (c.1530–1587)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [1], accessed 28 Jan 2009
Political offices
Preceded by
Nicholas Bacon
(Lord Keeper)
Lord Chancellor
1579–1587
Succeeded by
Christopher Hatton
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Academic offices
Preceded by
Earl of Leicester
Chancellor of the University of Oxford
1585–1587
Succeeded by
Sir Christopher Hatton
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SIR THOMAS BROMLEY (1530-1587), English lord chancellor, was born in Staffordshire in 1530. He was educated at Oxford University and called to the bar at the Middle Temple. Through family influence as well as the patronage of Sir Nicholas Bacon, the lord keeper, he quickly made progress in his profession. In 1566 he was appointed recorder of London, and in 1569 he became solicitor-general. He sat in parliament successively for Bridgnorth, Wigan and Guildford. On the death of Sir Nicholas Bacon in 1579 he was appointed lord chancellor. As an equity judge he showed great and profound knowledge, and his judgment in Shelley's case is a landmark in the history of English real property law. He presided over the commission which tried Mary, queen of Scots, in 1586, but the strain of the trial, coupled with the responsibility which her execution involved upon him, proved too much for his strength, and he died on the 12th of April 1587. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.

See Foss, Lives of the Judges; Campbell, Lives of the Lord Chancellors.


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