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  • ID: I0457
  • Name: Thomas MEADE III
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT. 1510 in Great Easton, Essex, England
  • Death: 20 MAY 1585 in Wendon Lofts, Essex, England
  • Reference Number: 9968
  • Note:
    The information about Meade family is from "The History and Genealogy of the Mead Family" and from the wills of Thomas, Reynold, and Thomas of Chrishall.
    To: "'Mead List'"
    Subject: Thomas Meade's tomb
    Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 09:37:34 +0200
    Here is the translation of the inscription on Thomas Meade's tomb in St. Nicholas, Elmdon, Essex:
    To Thomas Meade Esquire, Second Justiciar of the Bench, buried here. His most faithful wife Jo(h)an(na) placed (this monument). He died 20th May 1585. John Armstrong, the man who sent me this, writes: 'Second Justiciar of the Bench' suggests that Meade was a man of considerable power and status. 'Justiciar' is, apparently, not a 'run of the mill' magistrate but someone who presides over, or belongs to, one of the King's superior courts and someone who exercises a special judicial function. Up to the C13, 'Justiciar' referred to the Chief Political Officer for the King; someone who often represented the King at important meetings or travelled abroad on behalf of the King. In the C15 it still appears to be a significant post; we must conclude that Thomas was not a 'backwoods' magistrate but a fairly important state official.

    From: Mead Vance
    To: "'Mead List'"
    Subject: Thomas Meade's tomb
    Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 10:45:07 +0200
    The inscription again:
    THOME MEADE ARMIGERO SECVNDO IVSTICIARIO DE BANCO HIC HVMATO FIDELISSIMA SVA CONIVX IOHANNA POSVIT OBIT 20 MAII 1585
    Just a guess, but I think it means something like this: THOMAS MEADE ESQUIRE THE SECOND, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, HERE BURIED BESIDE HIS FAITHUL WIFE JOHANNA, DIED 20 MAY 1585.
    Vance




    Father: Thomas MEADE II b: ABT. 1484 in Clavering, Essex, England

    Marriage 1 Alice HAMMOND b: ABT. 1510

      Marriage 2 Johanna MNU b: ABT. 1510
        Children
        1. Has Children Reynold MEADE b: ABT. 1535 in Elmdon, Essex, England
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