Name: Thomas Wotton
Birth: 1521 1
Death: 11 JAN 1587
Residence: Boughton Malherbe, Kent
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Change Date: 8 SEP 2009
Thomas Wotton of Bocton Malherbe, Esquire, son and heir of the said Sir Edward, and the father of our Sir Henry, that occasions this relation, was born in the year of Christ 1521.
He was a gentleman excellently educated, and studious in all the Liberal Arts; in the knowledge whereof he attained unto a great perfection; who, though he had?besides those abilities, a very noble and plentiful estate, and the ancient interest of his predecessors?many invitations from Queen Elizabeth to change his country recreations and retirement for a Court, offering him a Knighthood,?she was then with him at his Bocton Hall?and that to be but as an earnest of some more honourable and more profitiable employment under her; yet he humbly refused both, being "a man of great modesty, of a most plain and single heart, of an ancient freedom, and integrity of mind." A commendation which Sir Henry Wotton took occasion often to remember with great gladness, and thankfully to boast himself the son of such a father; from whom indeed he derived that noble ingenuity that was always practised by himself, and which he ever both commended and cherished in others.
This Thomas was also remarkable for hospitality, a great lover and much beloved of his country; to which may justly be added, that he was a cherisher of learning, as appears by that excellent Antiquary Mr. William Lambarde, in his Perambulation of Kent.
This Thomas had four sons, Sir Edward, Sir James, Sir John, and Sir Henry.
The Father of Sir Henry Wotton was twice married; first to Elizabeth, the daughter of Sir John Rudstone, Knight; after whose death, though his inclination was averse to all contentions, yet necessitated he was to several suits in Law; in the prosecution whereof,?which took up much of his time, and were the occasion of many discontents,?he was by divers of his friends earnestly persuaded to a remarriage; to whom he has often answered, "That if ever he did put on a resolution to marry, he was seriously resolved to avoid three sorts of persons: namely
Those that had children;
Those that had Law-suits;
And those that were of his kindred.
And yet, following his own Law-suits, he met in Westminster Hall with Mrs. Eleonora Morton, Widow to Robert Morton, of Kent, Esquire, who was also engaged in several suits in Law: and he observing her comportment at the time of hearing one of her causes before the Judges, could not but at the same time both compassionate her condition, and affect her person; for the tears of lovers, or beauty dressed in sadness, are observed to have in them a charming eloquence, and to become very often too strong to be resisted: which I mention, because it proved so with this Thomas Wotton; for although there were in her a concurrence of all those accidents, against which he had so seriously resolved, yet his affection to her grew then so strong, that he resolved to solicit her for a wife, and did, and obtained her.
By her?who was the daughter of Sir William Finch, of Eastwell, in Kent,?he had only Henry his youngest son.
Father: Edward Wotton b: 31 OCT 1489
Mother: Dorothy Reade b: 23 MAR 1489 in Boresall, Kent
- Edward Wotton b: 1548
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Life of Sir Henry Wotton
Author: Izaak Walton