Bennet, Thomas (1592-1670) (DNB00)

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BENNET, Sir THOMAS (1592–1670), lawyer, second son of Sir John Bennet [q. v.], grandfather of the first earl of Arlington, was born at York Dec. l592, and educated at All Souls College Oxford, where he graduated LL.D. 3 July 1624, was a member of Gray's Inn, admitted to the College of Advocates 28 Jan. 1626, appointed master in Chancery 8 June 1635, and discharged the duties of that office until his death in 1670. He was knighted at Whitehall 21 Aug. 1661. For a time he seems to have acted as judge of one of the prerogative courts. He married (1) Charlotte, daughter of William Harrison, of London, by whom he had two daughters, who died unmarried; (2) Thomasine, daughter and heiress of George Dethick, son of Sir William Dethick, Garter king-at-arms, and had issue by her Thomas Bennetm of Saltorp, in the County of Wiltshire. He had a seat at Baberham, Cambridgeshire. He died 27 June 1670.

[Foster's Collec. Gen. Reg. Gray's Inn, 60; Collins's Peerage (Brydges), Tankerville title; Wotton's Eng. Bar. iv. 276; Cal. State Papers, Dom. (1603-10) 384, (1634-5) 324, (1656) 506; Coote's Sketches of the Lives of Eminent English Civilians, 76.]

J. M. R.