first earl of Southampton (1505-1550)

English peer, secretary of state, Lord Chancellor, privy counselor to Edward VI and Lord High Admiral. Thomas Wriothesley served as a loyal instrument of King Henry VIII in the latter's break with the Catholic church. He was one of the executors of Henry's will, and in accordance with the dead King's wishes, he was created Earl of Southampton on 16 February 1547.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Thomas Wriothesley, first earl of Southampton (1505-1550)
Entry by Michael A.R. Graves 
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