Sir Thomas Meade, Knight

Sir Thomas Meade, Knight

Male 1410 - 1475  (~ 65 years)

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  • Name Thomas Meade 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix Knight 
    Born 0___ 1410  St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • Wedmore is a village and civil parish in the county of Somerset, England. It is situated on raised ground, in the Somerset Levels between the River Axe and River Brue, often called the Isle of Wedmore. It forms part of Sedgemoor district. Map & description for Wedmore...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedmore
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Mayor of Bristol  [2
    Occupation Sheriff of Bristol, England  [2
    Also Known As Thomas Mede  [2
    Died 20 Dec 1475  St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I33788  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2017 

    Father Thomas Meade, Jr.,   b. 1380-1390, Failand, Wraxall, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1455, St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother unnamed spouse 
    Married ~ 1409  Wedmore, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F12398  Group Sheet

    Family unnamed spouse 
    Married ~ 1449  Wedmore, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Wedmore is a village and civil parish in the county of Somerset, England. It is situated on raised ground, in the Somerset Levels between the River Axe and River Brue, often called the Isle of Wedmore. It forms part of Sedgemoor district. Map & description for Wedmore...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedmore
    Children 
     1. Thomas Meade, IV,   b. 0___ 1450, Wedmore, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1504, Clavering, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F12397  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 0___ 1410 - St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - ~ 1449 - Wedmore, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Dec 1475 - St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
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    Sir Thomas Meade, Knight (1410-1475)
    Sir Thomas Meade, Knight (1410-1475)

  • Notes 
    • About Thomas Mede

      Thomas Mede, of St. Mary Redcliffe, was the sheriff of Bristol in 1446. A brass rubbing in Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: Parish: St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol Inscription: Thomas Mede, thrice mayor (1475) Coat of Arms: Gules a chevron ermine between three trefoils slipped argent. Sir Thomas Mede is probably the father of "Thomas Mede of Somerset" who went to Clavering, Essex, England in about 1470 and died there in 1504. The connection between Sir Thomas Mede of Wraxall, Somerset, and Thomas Mede in Clavering, Essex, England, is based on three pieces of circumstantial evidence.

      First, the names. There were three generations of Thomas Mede(s) in Somerset and five or six generations of Thomas Mede(s) or Meade(s) in Essex, England.

      Second, the coat of arms. Several Meades in Essex, England used the same coat of arms: a chevron ermine bewteen three trefoils slipped argent.

      Third, Clavering. The niece of Thomas Mede of Wraxall, Isabel Mede, married Maurice de Bekeley. Maurice was related to Elizabeth de Berkeley (his father's first cousin), who owned the manor of Clavering, Essex. The manor passed from her to her husband, Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, and from him to his son-in-law, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick.. Thomas Mede of Clavering moved to Clavering, Essex, in about 1470, dying there in 1504. Possibly he was rewarded with land for supporting the Berkeley family at the Battle of Nibley Green, or for supporting the Earl of Warwick in 1470, or simply to help out a cousin.

      Source Citation

      "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/3MZT-SPZ : accessed 22 August 2012), entry for Thomas (Sir) /Mede/.

      end of biography [2]
    • "n 1438 Thomas Mede was elected bailiff of Bristol and in 1452-53 he was the sheriff. After that he apparently concentrated more on business, since he no longer appears in politics. In 1461 Thomas Mede and several others were granted a licence for foregn trade in a ship of less than 800 tuns.

      The tomb of Thomas, Philip, John and Richard Mede and their wives, dated 1475, in St.Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, contains the upper Coat of Arms. The tomb, about 10 ft high by 18 ft by 3 ft, contains in one compartment the effigies of Philip and his wife and in the other a brass of Richard and his two wives. This rectangular brass shows Richard kneeling with his wife, his first wife behind him. Richard's helmet is in front of him leaving his head uncovered and showing his long hair.

      On the left compartment of the the tomb there is a Latin inscription, part of which is missing. The assumed begining is in brackets:[Here lies Thomas Mede and his wife, and Philip Mede son of the] aforesaid Thomas Mede and thrice mayor of the town of Bristol, died the 20th day of December 1475, may God have mercy on their souls. Amen."

      On the right there was once another Latin inscription, which was already obliterated when William Barrett wrote his 18th century history of Bristol. It said:"Here lies John Mede, burgess of the city of Bristol, who died the 17th day of April A.D.1496, and beside him rests Alice his wife, on whose souls may God have mercy."

      Philip Mede's daughter Isabel married Maurice the younger brother of William 2nd Lord Berkeley. He was disinherited for marrying her but later became the 3rd Lord Berkeley. Philip supported the Berkeley family with his men at the last private battle fought on English soil at Nibley Green in 1470. Philip Mede was Mayor of Bristol in 1459, 1462 and 1469.

      Thomas was once the sheriff and once bailiff of Bristol.

      The Meads from Somerset, Bristol, Cambridge, Essex and London are all related, and the Meads from Leicestershire may be, though I don't know how. [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S46361] http://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/getperson.php?personID=I100112&tree=00.

    2. [S11284] "Sir Thomas Mede (1410-1475)", Biography, https://www.geni.com/people/Thomas-Mede/6000000017510307461, retrieved, record.

    3. [S11285] "Thomas Mede (1390-1455)", Biography, "A Covert Legacy", http://convertlegacy.blogspot.com/2012/07/sir-thomas-mede-meade.

    4. [S46362] http://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/getperson.php?personID=I100114&tree=00.