Sir Thomas Monson, 1st Baronet

Sir Thomas Monson, 1st Baronet

Sir Thomas Monson, 1st Baronet

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Sir Thomas Monson, 1st Baronet (1565 – 29 May 1641) was an English politician and supporter of King James I. Sir Thomas was the son of Sir John Monson, Sir Thomas served as a Member of Parliament for Lincolnshire (1597–1598), Castle Rising (1604–1611), and finally Cricklade in 1614. He was created a hereditary baronet in 1611, one of the first in the Baronetage of England. Monson held a position of trust at the Tower of London, a circumstance which led to his arrest as one of the participators in the 1613 murder of Sir Thomas Overbury. He was, however, soon released.

His eldest son was Sir John Monson, Bart. (1600-1683), a member of parliament under Charles I, and another son was William Mounson, 1st Viscount Monson (c. 1607-1678), who was created an Irish peer as Viscount Monson of Castlemaine in 1628. Having been a member of the court which tried Charles I the viscount was deprived of his honours and was sentenced to imprisonment for life in 1661. Sir John Monson's descendant, another Sir John Monson, Bart. (1693-1748), was created Baron Monson in 1728. His youngest son was George Monson (1730-1776), who served with the English troops in India from 1758 to 1763. The baron's eldest son was John, the 2nd baron (1727-1774), whose son William Monson (1760-1807) served in the Mahratta War under General Lake. William's only son William John (1796-1862) became 6th Baron Monson in succession to his cousin Frederick John, the 5th baron, in October 1841. His son William John,...
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