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SALUSBURY , Sir THOMAS ( 1612 - 1643 ), poet and country gentleman ;

b. 6 March 1612 , eldest son of Sir Henry Salusbury of Lleweni , the 1st baronet (q.v.) , and Hester , daughter of Sir Thomas Myddelton . He went to Jesus College , Oxford , but did not graduate. He joined the Inner Temple , Nov. 1631 , with the intention of studying law but, when his father d. at the end of July 1632 , he returned to Lleweni to look after the estate . He was elected a burgess of Denbigh town, 10 Sept. 1632 , and an alderman , 1634-8 and 1639 , and he was also Member of Parliament for the county from 1640 until his death. He fought in the Civil War as a staunch supporter of the king and is believed to have been engaged in the battle of Edgehill , 23 Oct. 1642 ; a few days later he was given the degree of D.C.L. by Oxford University . He d. in July 1643 . He is referred to by Anthony Wood as ‘ a most noted poet of his time ,’ but the only work of his which still survives is The History of Joseph, a poem ( London , 1636 ).


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and the authorities quoted therein;
  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (1914) , 222;
  • Pollard and Redgrave , A short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (London, 1926) , 500;
  • NLW MSS 1551, 5390.


Emyr Gwynne Jones, M.A., (1911-72), Bangor

Published date: 1959