STEPHENS, Thomas (d.1613), of the Middle Temple, London and Over Lypiatt, Glos

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

3rd s. of Edward Stephens of Eastington, Glos. and bro. of Richard. educ. ?Magdalen Hall, Oxf. 1575, BA 1578; New Inn; M. Temple 1578, called 1585. m. Elizabeth, da. and coh. of John Stone of London, 3s. 2da.

Offices Held

Bencher, M. Temple 1604, Autumn reader 1604, treasurer 1612; attorney to the Princes Henry and Charles.


Stephens was a Middle Temple lawyer, who probably owed his return for Weymouth and Melcombe to another Middle Templar, William Weston, recorder of the combined boroughs. Stephens made a fortunate marriage, and a few years before his death purchased the Gloucestershire manors of Cherington, Over Lypiatt, Chipping, Little and Old Sodbury. He obtained a court appointment under James I, and in 1609 intervened on behalf of two Middle Templars who had killed a royal stag. He left his landed property to be divided between his three sons, all of whom were under age, gave his wife a life interest in Over Lypiatt, and left portions of £2,000 each to his two daughters. The will, dated 8 Mar. 1612, was proved 24 Nov. 1613. Stephens died on 26 Apr. of that year.

Vis. Glos. (Harl. Soc. xxi), 151; Atkyns, Glos. 218; M. T. Bench Bk. 92; M.T. Recs. i. 336, 426; ii. 440, 445, 523, 554, 557, 589; PCC 109 Capell, 70 Spencer; S. Rudder, Glos.338, 674, 713; C142/335/30.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: A. M. Mimardière