Cullum, Thomas Gery

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Thomas Gery
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Sir, 7th Baronet
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Sir Thomas Gery Cullum, 7th Baronet, of Hawsted Place and Hardwick House in Suffolk, was the second son of Sir John Cullum, 5th Baronet of Hawsted and Hardwick, and his second wife Susanna, daughter of Sir Thomas Gery, one of the Masters in Chancery. He was educated at Charterhouse, attended the medical lectures of William and John Hunter, and was made Bath King of Arms in 1771, an office he held until 1800, when he resigned it in favour of his second son, John Palmer Cullum. He married, 1 September 1774, Mary, daughter of Robert Hanson, of Normanton in Yorkshire. In 1778 became a member of the Incorporation of Surgeons, and practiced as a surgeon in Bury St. Edmunds of which town he became an alderman. He succeeded to the title on the death of his elder brother, the Reverend Sir John Cullum in 1785. A distinguished amateur botanist, and author of Flora Angliæ specimen imperfectum et ineditum, privately printed in 1774, he was a Fellow of the Linnæan Society, the Royal Society, and the Society of Antiquaries.

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Hawstead Place, Suffolk
Hardwick House, Suffolk
Biographical Sources: 
P. Hepworth. “The Cullum Library Bury St Edmunds.” East Anglian magazine, V (1954-55), 338-344.