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Son of Sir Thomas Bendish, 1st Baronet of Bower Hall, Steeple Bumpstead in the county of Essex, Bendish the younger enrolled in Middle Temple in 1626, after earlier studying at St John's College, Cambridge. Later in life, he would donate fifty books to St John's, of which forty are still kept today.
Sir Thomas succeeded to the Baronetcy on 1636. A decades later he was banned from Essex, had his estates seized, and was imprisoned in the Tower of London after siding with King Charles I during the English Civil War. He was released on 28 September 1644, after paying a 1,000 pound fine - although he remained banned from coming within 20 miles of Essex.
On 29 January 1647, the House of Lords named Sir Thomas ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, although upon his entrance to Istanbul he was confronted by the earlier ambassador who refused to relinquish his post, and had to be forcibly removed from office.
While in office, it is known that Sir Thomas personally saw to Isaac Barrow, during the latter's visit to Constantinople. He was imprisoned by the Ottomans at one point due to a commercial dispute with clerics. Bendish was recalled from his post some time before 1655. He died at his home in Bower Hall in 1674. He was succeeded by son and heir Sir John Bendish, 3rd Baronet (1630–1707).
Sir Thomas and his wife Anne, the daughter of Henry Baker, had two sons John (1645-6) and Thomas (1646). Anne died before 1661 in Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey and was buried at Steeple Bumstead, Essex, England. Thomas his younger son married Bridget, daughter of General Henry Ireton and Bridget, Oliver Cromwell's eldest daughter.
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