Sir Thomas Chaworth Knight 1714
- Born: Abt 1370, Wiverton, Nottinghamshire, England 1714
- Marriage (1): Nicole Braybrooke about 1403 in Annesley, Nottinghamshire, England 1714
- Marriage (2): Isabel Aylesbury about 1429 in Milton Keynes, Nottinghamshire, England 1714
- Died: 10 Feb 1459, Annesley, Nottinghamshire, England about age 89 1714,1715,1716
- Buried: Launde Priory, Leicestershire, England 1716
Noted events in his life were:
• Biography. 1714 Prepared to throw in his lot with the lollard leader, Sir John Oldcastle, whose plans for a rising in early Jan 1414 were promptly and efficiently quashed by the King. Sympathy for the lollards was strong in Derbyshire, and it is worth noting that another of Oldcastle's leading supporters, the lawyer, Henry Booth, also had estates there. Orders for Chaworth's arrest were issued on 8 Jan, and he once again found himself a captive in the Tower. He was at first kept in chains, but at the beginning of Feb bonds worth 1,000 marks were offered by William Babington and his other friends as security that he would not attempt to escape if his conditions were ameliorated. Throughout this period he and his fellow captives remained under sentence of death, but in May they were pardoned and allowed to go free. It is now impossible to tell how far Sir Thomas shared Oldcastle's heretical beliefs. His later life was given over to works of conventional piety, most notably with regard to the endowment and assistance of Launde priory in Leicestershire, although the evidence of his will shows him to have possessed a large number of devotional works (some of which were in English), including 'a graile (gradual) manuell and a litel portose (breviary) the whiche the saide Sir Thomas toke with hym alway when he rode', so he may well have continued the lollard practice of placing particular emphasis on private prayer. The inclusion of his distant kinsman, William Booth, Archbishop of York, among the three supervisors of his will and his appointment, in 1423, of the bishops of Durham and Worcester as his trustees would, however, confirm that, in public at least, he eschewed any suspect doctrines. Once released from prison, Sir Thomas understandably made every effort to re-establish himself in King Henry's good graces; and he seized the opportunity offered in 1415 by the latter's invasion of France to prove his loyalty. He indented to serve in the royal army with a personal retinue of eight men-at-arms and 24 archers, and was duly accorded the necessary letters of protection.
Although he never quite managed to recover the position of trust which he had previously enjoyed, Sir Thomas was in a sense able to compensate for this by making a remarkably lucrative second marriage. By his first wife, Nicola, he had only one child, a daughter named Elizabeth, who married John, Lord Scrope of Masham (d.1455) before 1418, and seems to have become her father's favourite.
• Second Marriage. Sir Thomas was in a sense able to compensate for this by making a remarkably lucrative second marriage. See:
http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/CHAWORTH.htm#Thomas CHAWORTH (Sir Knight)1
• Offices. 1715 Thomas was appointed Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire for 1403, 1417 and 1423. He was Sheriff of Lincolnshire for 1408 and 1418. He was elected to Parliament as knight of the shire (MP) for Nottinghamshire in 1406, followed by a term as MP for Derbyshire in 1413, after which he was again returned for Nottinghamshire several times between 1417 and 1445.
Thomas married Nicole Braybrooke, daughter of Reginald Braybrooke and Joan de la Pole, about 1403 in Annesley, Nottinghamshire, England.1714 (Nicole Braybrooke was born about 1377 1714.)
Thomas next married Isabel Aylesbury about 1429 in Milton Keynes, Nottinghamshire, England.1714