||Thomas Spencer was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.|
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Thomas Spencer was born in 1553 in Claverton, Warwickshire, England to John Spencer and Catherine Kitson. Known as Thomas Spencer of ClavertonHe died on 8 Nov 1580 in Brington, Warwickshire, England.
Thomas Spencer of Claverdon, Warwickshire, received that manor from his father, Sir John Spencer. It is 6 miles west of Warwick. "Stone Building, nearly 3/4 mile north-east of the church, is an isolated rectangular tower of three stories. It is said to have been the north-western of the four angle-towers of the great house begun by Thomas Spencer, who died in 1630 and whose monument stands in the church." [Victoria Co. Hist. Warw., Vol. 3]
Ambrose Dudley, created Earl of Warwick in 1561, sold the manor of Claverdon, Warwickshire, to Sir John Spencer in 1568. Sir John Spencer at his death 8 Nov. 1568 left Claverdon to his 2nd son Thomas Spencer.
Fulk Lucy, (grandson of Thomas) was born c.1623, 6th son of Sir Thomas Lucy† (d.1640) of Charlecote, Warwickshire by Alice, daughter and heir of Thomas Spencer of Claverdon Warwickshire; Fulk, brother of Richard Lucy (wikitree link Richard Lucy)
Father, Sir John, died 8 Nov. 1586, having settled the manor on Thomas, (John's second son, d. 1630).
Thomas Lucy, with his wife, Alice Lucy (d. 1648), daughter of Thomas Spencer of Claverdon, Warwickshire, whom he married about 1610, Sir Thomas appears to have settled down to living at his ancestral home at Charlecote Park, where they had six sons and four daughters. He did not abandon his literary interests but continued to correspond with Donne and Herbert, maintained his acquaintance with Goodere and built up a large library at Charlecote which was later illustrated on his funeral monument. He also developed an interest in antiquarianism which brought him into contact with William Dugdale. He was said to be ‘so rare and proficient’ in either ‘sacred or secular learning’ that ‘he was accounted a living library’ (Dugard, postscript).
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