Transcription © Copyright E.C. ("Paddy") Apling July 2011 (from digital copy provided by the authors).
© T. E. & M. Miller 2011
At the age of thirty he had acquired a knighthood and was Vice Admiral of Yarmouth. From 1619 to 1628 he received £50 6s 1½d from wrecks and fines imposed in his court. In 1626, he is Captain of the Trained Band within the hundred of Mitford, Norfolk, which includes Woodrising, and the following year he is Commissioner of the Loan in Norfolk. Like today, in the early seventeenth century fishing in the North Sea was controlled by the authorities. However, despite a proclamation prohibiting the use of trawls, the fishermen still used them. In 1633, Sir Thomas was instructed to cause his deputies in his Vice-Admiralty to search for and seize all trawls and to make all fishermen enter into a bond to stop fishing with trawls. If they refused they were to be reported to the Lords of the Admiralty.
Sir Thomas married Margaret Fuller and they had four daughters. The marriage was not a happy one and by 1634 they were living apart. That year Lady Margaret brought articles against Sir Thomas in the Court of High Commission for continuing to co-habit with a Mary Eden. At that time he was fined £20 for non-payment of alimony. However, the case rumbled on for two years. He was accused of adultery and blasphemy and of incest with his wife's sister26. The Court found
that the crime of incest should be examined but the hearing was continually postponed. Finally, as the King did not like an offence of so high a nature to go unpunished the case came to court. Unfortunately, by this time the promotor of Lady Southwell's cause and the prosecutor who had questioned Sir Thomas were now both dead. The Court therefore decided that as the complaint arose from the discontentment of Lady Southwell, who lived apart from Sir Thomas, and had been granted and paid alimony, the charges of adultery et cetera should be dismissed. However,
Sir Thomas was not let off lightly, the Court insisted his estate was disposed of for the maintenance and provision of his mother, who was still alive, his wife and his children. Thus the family lost the Woodrising estate, which was sold to Sir Francis Crane. Eventually, Sir Thomas married his mistress Mary Eden.
© Transcription Copyright E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, July 2011.