Tresham, Thomas (1543 -1605)

Sir Thomas Tresham suceeded his grandfather in the Rushton and Lyveden estates in Northamptonshire in 1558. He was brought up as a Protestant, but became a Catholic in 1580, and was imprisoned for harbouring Edmund Campion. Sir Thomas had a bookplate of fifteen quarterings which is dated 29 June 1585. He presented a large number of books to St John's College, Oxford between 1598 and his death in 1605, a list of 117 titles of printed books presented by him appears in the Benefactor's Book cols. 22 29 under the date 1602, and most of the books, principally Fathers of the Church, remain in the College Library. The stamps may have been cut specially for the donation.

Seat / Residence(s): Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire, Lyveden, Northamptonshire
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Tresham, Thomas (1543 - 1605) (Stamp 1) Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A boar's head erased ducally gorged
Arms: Quarterly of twenty five 1. Per saltire in chief three trefoils slipped two and one in base three trefoils slipped one and two (Tresham) 2. A chevron engrailed between three martlets (Pevensey) 3. A fret (Harrington) 4. Three lions passant gardant (Aigles?) 5. On a bend three lozenges each charged with a saltire (Urswick) 6. A lion rampant (Champneys) 7. A cross flory voided (Pilkington) 8. Two bars a bordure engrailed (Parr) 9. Three water bougets (Roos) 10. A saltire fretty (Crophull) 11. A fret (Verdon) 12. A fess (Colville) 13. A lion rampant (Bigot) 14. Five lozenges in bend (Marshall) 15. On a chief three crosses patty fitchy (De Clare) 16. Three garbs (MacMurrough) 17. illegible. Three chevrons interlaced and a chief (FitzHugh) 18. Barry of eight a fleur de lys (Staveley) 19. A bend between six crosses patty (Fourneaux [Furneaux]) 20. Barry of six on a bend three martlets (Grey) 21. Vair a fess (Marmion) 22. illegible. Barry of ten an eagle displayed (Gernegan) 23. Three chevrons a chief vair (St Quintin) 24. A lion rampant between three crescents (Salisbury) 25. A chevron between three griffins heads erased (unidentified)
Heraldic Charges: barry (10), Heraldic Charges: barry (6), Heraldic Charges: barry (8), Heraldic Charges: bars (2), Heraldic Charges: bend, Heraldic Charges: bend, on a, Heraldic Charges: boar's head, Heraldic Charges: bordure engrailed, Heraldic Charges: chevron engrailed between, Heraldic Charges: chevrons (3), Heraldic Charges: chief, Heraldic Charges: chief, on a, Heraldic Charges: crescents (3), Heraldic Charges: cross flory, Heraldic Charges: crosses patty (3), Heraldic Charges: crosses patty (6), Heraldic Charges: eagle displayed, Heraldic Charges: fess, Heraldic Charges: fleur-de-lys, Heraldic Charges: fret, Heraldic Charges: garbs (3), Heraldic Charges: griffins heads (3), Heraldic Charges: lion rampant, Heraldic Charges: lions passant gardant (3), Heraldic Charges: lozenges (3), Heraldic Charges: lozenges (5), Heraldic Charges: martlets (3), Heraldic Charges: per saltire, Heraldic Charges: saltire fretty, Heraldic Charges: trefoils (6), Heraldic Charges: vair, Heraldic Charges: water bougets (3)
Tresham, Thomas (1543 - 1605) (Stamp 2) Motto: Credo
Arms: Per saltire in chief three trefoils slipped two and one in base three trefoils slipped one and two
Heraldic Charges: per saltire, Heraldic Charges: trefoils (6)
Tresham, Thomas (1543 - 1605) (Stamp 3) Motto: Credo
Arms: Per saltire in chief three trefoils slipped two and one in base three trefoils slipped one and two
Heraldic Charges: per saltire, Heraldic Charges: trefoils (6)