Thomas Clinton (MP)

Sir Thomas Clinton (died 1415) was an English soldier and Member of Parliament.

Private lifeEdit

Clinton was a younger son of John de Clinton, 3rd Baron Clinton[1] of Maxstoke, Warwickshire.

Clinton married twice: firstly Alice and secondly Joan, the daughter and coheiress of Sir Ralph Meynell (d. 1388), of Langley, Derbyshire and Newton Regis, Warwickshire and the widow of John Staunton of Staunton Harold, Leicestershire. Through Joan he acquired land in Burton Overy and Upton, Leicestershire, Newton Regis (Warwickshire), Langley (Derbyshire) and Staffordshire. With her he may have had one daughter.

On the death of his father in 1398 he inherited the manors of Hunton and Bensted in Kent, where he established the family home.

CareerEdit

He was knighted before 1386.

He saw military service in Scotland and on John of Gaunt's expedition to Spain. He then transferred his allegiance to Thomas Mowbray, the Earl Marshal, following him to Ireland in 1394.

He was elected Member of Parliament for Warwickshire in January 1397 and for Kent in October 1404 and April 1414.[2]

He died of disease in mid-1415 at the siege of Harfleur when campaigning in the service of the Duke of Gloucester. There is a memorial to him in the chancel of Hunton church.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Clark, Linda (1993). The House of Commons, 1386-1421: Introductory survey. Appendices. Constituencies. ISBN 9780862999438.
  2. ^ "CLINTON, Sir Thomas (D.1415), of Amington, Warws. And Hunton, Kent. | History of Parliament Online".
Parliament of England
Preceded by
William Bagot
William Spernore
Member of Parliament for Warwickshire
1397
With: William Bagot
Succeeded by
William Bagot
Thomas Crewe
Preceded by
Arnold Savage and Sir Reynold Braybrooke
Member of Parliament for Kent
Oct. 1404
With: Henry Horne
Succeeded by
Richard Clitheroe and Robert Clifford
Preceded by
John Darell
John Butler
Member of Parliament for Kent
1414
With: John Darell
Succeeded by
Arnold Savage
Robert Clifford