Thomas Darcy (judge)

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Thomas Darcy (died 1529) was an Irish cleric and judge: he was Master of the Rolls in Ireland and Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral 1528–9.

Elrington Ball believes that he was a cousin of Sir William Darcy, who was for many years Vice-Treasurer of Ireland and author of the influential treatise The Decay of Ireland and its causes.[1] The Darcys were a junior branch of the family of Baron Darcy de Knayth and had been settled at Platten, County Meath for several generations.[2]

Thomas was Prebendary of Howth; he became Master of the Rolls in 1522, with a fee of twenty silver pounds per annum, payable from the profits of the royal manor of Esker, over and above the usual emoluments of the office. He was superseded the following year and reappointed in 1528.[3] In April 1528 he was elected Dean of St. Patrick's but died in February of the following year.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ball , F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 John Murray London 1926 Vol.i p.195
  2. ^ Burke, Darcy The Genealogy of the Darcies of Clonuane in the County of Clare and Kiltolla in the County of Galway Dublin Joseph Hill 1752
  3. ^ Ball p.195
  4. ^ Mason, William Monck The History and Antiquitoes of the Collegiate and Cathedral Church of St. Patrick's Dublin 1820 p.146