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Sir Thomas Snagge (15361593) was a M.P., lawyer and wealthy landowner who served as Speaker of the English House of Commons, Attorney General for Ireland and as the Queen's Sergeant.[1]


Thomas Snagge was born in 1536 in Letchworth.[1] He was the son of Thomas Snagge, the lord of Morteyne Manor in Bedfordshire. He studied law at Gray's Inn, and after being called to the Bar in 1554, practiced law in London. Snagge became MP for Bedfordshire in 1571. He was chosen by Queen Elizabeth to be Attorney General for Ireland and he held this appointment from 1577 to 1580.[1] From 1588 to 1590 he became Speaker of the House of Commons and later he was promoted to Queen’s Sergeant. As well as owning numerous areas of land in Bedforshire, his home seat was at Marston Moretaine.[2] Snagge was buried at Marston Moretaine, in St. Mary's Church, where there is an alabaster tomb with effigies of both him and his wife.[2]


Legal offices
Preceded by
John Puckering
Speaker of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Edward Coke


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