Sir Thomas Wyndham of Felbrigg (c.1466 – c.1522) was an English sea captain and Vice-Admiral of England.
He was born in Bolton, Yorkshire, the son of Sir John Wyndham and Margaret, daughter of Sir John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk.
Career[edit | edit source]
He became a counsellor to King Henry VIII, who in 1512 appointed him Captain of the Mary Rose, pride of the King's fleet, under his cousin Admiral Edward Howard. When war broke out in May 1512 Wyndham took part under Howard in the seaborne raid at Crozon on the Brittany Coast and was afterwards knighted by Howard. He accompanied King Henry as a Knight of the Body at the sieges of Thérouanne and Tournay later in the year.
He was next made captain of the John Baptist in 1513 and Fleet Treasurer. He was promoted Vice-Admiral of England the same year and the following year made captain of the Henry Grace à Dieu.
Private life[edit | edit source]
He married twice;firstly Eleanor, daughter of Sir Richard Le Scrope with whom he had several sons and daughters, including Sir John Wyndham of Orchard Wyndham, and secondly Elizabeth Wentworth, with whom he had several more children, including Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Wyndham.
They lived at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk. He was laid to rest in the Lady Chapel at Norwich Cathedral, but later moved to the Jesus Chapel.
References[edit | edit source]
- Childs, David. The Warship Mary Rose: The Life and Times of King Henry VII's Flagship. p. 59.
- Wotton, Thomas. The English Baronetage: Containing a Genealogical and Historical Account of All the Englisn Baronets. p. 348.
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