Thomas Coningsby Politician

Thomas coningsby

Sir Thomas Coningsby (died 1625) was an English soldier and Member of Parliament, notable for his diary of military action in France in 1591. Thomas Coningsby was the son and heir of Humphrey Coningsby, of Hampton Court, Herefordshire, by Anne, daughter of Sir Thomas Inglefield, judge of the common pleas. His father was gentleman-treasurer to Queen Elizabeth. Coningsby visited Italy with Sir Philip Sidney in 1573, and he was intimate with Sidney until Sir Philip's death, although their friendship was severely strained on their Italian journey by an unfounded charge of robbery brought by Sidney against Coningsby. Coningsby went to Normandy in attendance on the Earl of Essex in 1591, and took part in the siege of Rouen, fighting against the forces of the league. He acted as muster-master to the English detachment, was in frequent intercourse with Henry of Navarre before Rouen, and was knighted by Essex on 8 October 1591. Coningsby was High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1582 and 1598 and knight of the shire (MP) for Herefordshire in 1593, 1597 and 1601. On 12 Nov. 1617 he joined the council of Wales under the presidency of William, Lord Compton.

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Date of death

Military conflicts participated

Siege of Rouen


October 26th, 1562


October 26th, 1562

Wikipedia article

The Siege of Rouen occurred on September 28 to October 26, 1562 during the French Wars of Religion and was a decisive victory for the Catholics, who managed to capture Rouen, over the Huguenots.


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