Exton, Thomas (DNB00)
EXTON, Sir THOMAS (1631–1688), son of John Exton [q. v.], was born in 1631, entered Merchant Taylors' School in 1641, admitted a member of Gray's Inn 1648, went to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he proceeded LL.D. 1662. He is noted as one of seven lawyers consulted regarding the granting of a lease by Queens' College to St. Catharine's Hall in 1676 (Willis and Clark, Architectural History of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 1886). In 1676 he became master of Trinity Hall, and held the office till his death. Previous to 1678 he was knighted and appointed one of the judges of the admiralty. He represented Cambridge University in the two parliaments of 1679, when he was described as advocate-general, in 1681, and 1685. He died in 1688, and was buried on 8 Nov. at St. Peter's, Paul's Wharf. 'The Case of the Merchants concerned in the Loss of the Ship Virgin, … as it was … presented to his Majesty by Sir R. Lloyd and Sir Thomas Exton,' was printed in 1680.
[Register of Merchant Taylors' School (1882), i. 150; Cantabrigienses Graduati (1559-1787). p. 131, ed. Luand (1800-84), p. 644; List of Members of Parliament, vol. i.]