Governor of the East India Company.


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Sir Thomas Chamberlayne,[a] 2nd Baronet (c. 1635–1682) of Wickham and of Northbrooke, Oxfordshire,[1]was the son of Sir Thomas Chamberlayne, 1st Baronet, and probably inherited the baronetcy on the death of his father on 6 October 1643. The title (one conferred after 4 January 1642) being void under the Act of Parliament (4 February 1652) then in force,[b] on 6 October 1657 he accepted another baronetcy from the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell, to whose Attorney General, Edmund Prideaux he was son-in-law. This creation became invalid after the Restoration, while his previous one was reinstated. He died late September or early November 1682. The baronetcy passed to James Chamberlayne, 3rd Baronet.[1][2]


On 8 April 1657, at St. Dionis, Backchurch, London, Chamberlayne married Margaret, daughter of Edmund Prideaux, of Ford Abbey, Devon, by his second wife Margaret, daughter of William Ivert, of Gotthay, Somerset. They had two daughters and coheirs:[1]


  1. ^ Also spelt Thomas Chamberlain and Thomas Chamberlyne
  2. ^ the Act to make void all Titles of Honours, Dignities, or Precedencies, given by the late King since 4 January 1641/2.
  1. ^ a b c Cokayne 1902, p. 206.
  2. ^ Cokayne 1903, p. 4.


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Bill  •  Link

Eldest son of Sir Thomas Chamberlayne, Chief Justice of Chester. He was created a baronet in 1642.
---Wheatley, 1904.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Monday 15 February 1663/64 -- This afternoon Sir Thomas Chamberlin came to the office to me, and showed me several letters from the East Indys, showing the height that the Dutch are come to there, showing scorn to all the English, even in our only Factory there of Surat, beating several men, and hanging the English Standard St. George under the Dutch flagg in scorn; saying, that whatever their masters do or say at home, they will do what they list, and will be masters of all the world there; and have so proclaimed themselves Soveraigne of all the South Seas; which certainly our King cannot endure, if the Parliament will give him money. But I doubt and yet do hope they will not yet, till we are more ready for it.

Saturday 2 April 1664 -- Thence to the ‘Change, but having at this discourse long afterwards with Sir Thomas Chamberlin, who tells me what I heard from others, that the complaints of most Companies were yesterday presented to the Committee of Parliament against the Dutch, excepting that of the East India, which he tells me was because they would not be said to be the first and only cause of a warr with Holland, and that it is very probable, as well as most necessary, that we fall out with that people.

What a shame Pepys only records meeting this man twice. I'm sure he had lots of interesting things to say.

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