Thomas Wriothesley, first Earl of Southampton
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Thomas Wriothesley, first Earl of Southampton

1505-1550

Nominated 1545

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Nephew of Thomas Wriothesley, Garter King of Arms. Served as an administrator at Henry's court, before being appointed Lord Chancellor in 1544. In this role, brought news of Henry's death to Parliament in January 1547. Increasingly alienated from Edward VI's government, he died of ill-health in 1550.