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Thomas Overbury (1581 - 1613)

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Sir Thomas Overbury
Born in Compton Scorpion Manor, Warwickshire, Englandmap
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Died in Tower of Londonmap
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Thomas Overbury was born in Warwickshire, England.

Sir Thomas Overbury, son of Sir Nicholas Overbury, was born at Compton Scorpion manor house, near Ilmington, Warwickshire, and baptized at Barton-on-the-Heath on 18 June 1581. [TBGAS, Vol. 16] [1]

He attended Queen's College Oxford where he matriculated aged 14 on 27 Feb 1595/96. He took his BA on 15 Nov 1598 and then was a student of the Middle Temple, following in the footsteps of his father. [2]

Thomas moved in illustrious literary circles, being acquainted with John Donne, Ben Jonson, Sir John Hoskyns, Sir Benjamin Rudyerd and others. He was knighted at Greenwich, England on 19 June 1608. [3]


  • Maureen M. Meikle, ‘Ker, Sir Thomas, of Ferniehirst (d. 1586)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 11 June 2017. THis is a subscription site but access is free to readers of British libraries whose library subscribes.


  1., Warwickshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2011),, Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: Engl/2/1026; Document Reference: DR 80. Record for Thoma Overbury. Ancestry Record 2416 #4181746
  2. "Oade-Oxwick," in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714, ed. Joseph Foster (Oxford: University of Oxford, 1891), 1084-1103. British History Online, accessed November 20, 2019,
  3. Lara Crowley Manuscript Matters: Reading John Donne's Poetry and Prose in Early Modern England Oxford University Press, 24 Aug 2018 pg.111 Google Books
  4. Find-A-Grave Virtual Cemetery memorial #6851 in Chapel of Saint Peter-ad-Vincula, Tower of London, London Borough of Tower Hamlets Greater London, England

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Thank you to Kitty Smith for contributions to this profile. Cooper-1 12:45, 21 September 2015 (EDT)

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