Thomas Jermyn (died 1645)

Arms of Jermyn: Quarterly of nine[a]

Sir Thomas Jermyn (1573–1645) was an English politician, courtier and Royalist who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1604 and 1640.

Early lifeEdit

Jermyn was the son of Sir Robert Jermyn of Rushbrooke, Suffolk. He was admitted at Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1585. He was knighted at Rouen, France in 1591 and became Knight of the Bath in 1603.[1]


In 1604, Jermyn was elected Member of Parliament for Andover and held the seat until 1611. In 1614, he was elected MP for Suffolk. He was elected for Bury St Edmunds in the elections in 1621, 1623, 1625, 1626 and 1628. In 1629 King Charles decided to rule for eleven years without parliament. [2]

In April 1640, Jermyn was re-elected MP for Bury St Edmunds in the Short Parliament.[3] He became Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk in 1640, and also served as Comptroller of the Household between 1639 and 1641.[1] He fought as a Royalist during the English Civil War and became disabled through injury in 1644. He died a year later at the age of 72.

Marriage and childrenEdit

Catherine Killigrew (born 1579) (Lady Jermyn), at age 35, daughter of Sir William Killigrew and wife of Sir Thomas Jermyn (died 1645). 1614 Portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (1561–1636), Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut

Jermyn married Catherine Killigrew (born 1579) a daughter of Sir William Killigrew (died 1622)[1] of Hanworth, Middlesex, a courtier to Queen Elizabeth I and to King James I, whom he served as Groom of the Privy Chamber. Her portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (1561–1636) survives in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA. By his wife he had children including their eldest surviving son, Thomas Jermyn (died 1659), also MP for Bury St Edmunds; and Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of St Albans.


  1. ^ 1, Sable, a crescent between two mullets in pale argent (Jermyn); 2, Sable a fess between three roses or (Rushbrook);. 3, Quarterly or and gules, on a bordure engrailed sable eight escallops argent (Heveningham); 4, Paly of six or and azure (Jarvill); 5, Argent, on a bend azure three eagles displayed or (Gissinge); 6,Argent, semy of fleurs-de-lys gules (Redesham); 7, Ermine, three chevrons sable (Reppes); 8, Azure, a hound passant argent (Burgon) (as for Burgoyne of South Tawton, Devon); 9, Gules, three bird-bolts in fess argent (Bozum) (here depicted erroneously as on a fess argent three bird-bolts gules)


  1. ^ a b c "Jermyn, Thomas (JRMN585T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ "JERMYN (GERMAINE), Sir Thomas (1573-1645), of Rushbrooke, nr. Bury St. Edmunds, Suff. and Whitehall". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  3. ^ Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. pp. onepage&q&f&#61, false 229–239.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Henry Ludlow
Nicholas Hyde
Member of Parliament for Andover
With: Thomas Antrobus
Succeeded by
Richard Venables
Peter Noyes
Preceded by
Sir John Heigham
Robert Drury
Member of Parliament for Suffolk
With: Sir Robert Gardener
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Crane, 1st Baronet
Thomas Clench
Preceded by
Not enfranchised
Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds
With: Josiah Woodford 1621
Anthony Crofts 1623
Sir William Spring 1625
Emanuel Gifford 1626
Sir William Hervey 1628–1629
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds
With: John Godbolt 1640
Succeeded by
Thomas Jermyn
Sir Thomas Barnardiston