I. Sir Thomas

Sir Thomas, an English poet, born at Allington castle, Kent, in 1503, died at Sherborne, Oct. 11, 1542. He graduated at Cambridge in 1518, became a gentleman of the bedchamber to Henry VIII. in 1525, officiated as ewerer at Anne Boleyn's marriage in 1533, was knighted March 18, 1536, and became high sheriff of Kent in 1537. He was sent to Spain as ambassador to Charles V. in April, 1537, and was again employed at the court of that emperor, now in the Low Countries, from November, 1539, till May, 1540, after which he lived mostly in retirement in England. His poems have usually been published with those of the earl of Surrey. (See Surrey).

II. Sir Thomas

Sir Thomas, commonly called the younger, an English soldier, son of the preceding, born in Kent about 1520, beheaded on Tower hill, April 11, 1554. From 1545 to 1550 he commanded at Boulogne, and in 1554 led the Kentish insurgents in the duke of Suffolk's conspiracy on occasion of the proposed marriage of Queen Mary with Philip II., entered London at the head of his followers, and after a fight in the streets was captured, Feb. 7. This foolhardy movement, commonly called Wyatt's rebellion, caused the immediate execution of Lady Jane Grey..