Thame Local History
Thame Grammar School Selected Pupils

The following is a list of selected Thame Grammar School pupils, reproduced from from "A Short History of Thame School" by J. Howard Brown.

Sir George Croke (1560-1641)
Judge and law reporter. Judge of the Court of Common Pleas from 1625-28 and of the King's Bench from 1628-41. In the great constitutional cases of the time he always resisted Royal interference with judicial procedures, and was one of the judges who gave against the King in the Ship Money case. Born and buried in Chilton, Buckinghamshire.

William Basse (1585-1653)
Poet, of Moreton and retainer to Lord Wenman of Thame Park. Quoted in Izaak Walton's "The Compleat Angler". Also significant for his "On Mr William Shakespeare", published in 1632, in which he says contrary to Jonson that Shakespeare should be buried in Westminster. The 'Poetical Works of William Basse' were published in 1893.

William Lenthall (1591-1662)
Politican, born in Henley, Oxfordshire and Member of Parliament for Woodstock. Became Speaker of the House of Commons during the Long Parliament. Stood up to Charles I when the King burst into Parliament to arrest five of its members in 1642, with the famous and now well quoted words, "I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak in this place, but as the House is pleased to direct me." Later fell out with Oliver Cromwell, and when the Long Parliament was dissolved in 1653, Speaker Lenthall retired to Burford, Oxfordshire, where he is buried in the parish church.

Henry King (1592-1669)
Bishop, born at Worminghall, Buckinghamshire. He was Bishop of Chichester when the city surrendered to Parliamentarian forces in 1643. One of the lesser Caroline poets, his most notable work being the elegy to his wife "Tell me no more how fair she is".

Arthur Goodwin (1593-1643)
Lifelong friend of John Hampden. From Upper Winchendon, Buckinghamshire. He was Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire in the Long Parliament and became Parliamentary Commander-in-Chief in the county during the Civil War. His account of John Hampden's last moments is given in a letter to his daughter Jane, lady Wharton.

John Hampden (1594-1643)
Statesman and patriot.
John Hampden Society

Shakerley Marmion (1603-1639)
Dramatist, born at Aynho, near Bicester. Served as a soldier in the Low Countries before squandering his fortune on a disreputable life in London. His plays were popular in the court of King Charles I, portraying the vices of contemporary society.

Edward Pocock (1604-1691)
Celebrated orientalist, born in Oxford. Chaplain to the "Turkey Merchants" at Aleppo, where he collected many oriental manuscripts, now in the Bodleian Library. Professor of Arabic at Oxford in 1636, he published many translations and commentaries. Buried in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

Simon Mayne (1612-1661)
Regicide, signatory of the death warrant of King Charles I. Born at Dinto Hall, judge at Charles I's trial. Attainted 1660 and died in the Tower of London.

Sir Richard Ingoldsby (d 1685)
Regicide, signatory of the death warrant of King Charles I. Born at Lenthenborough, Buckinghamshire. A captain in John Hampden's regiment, and later a colonel in the New Model Army. Pardoned at the Restoration, claiming he was forced to sign the death warrant. Became Member of Parliament for Aylesbury. Buried at Hartwell, Buckinghamshire.

Daniel Whistler (1619-1684)
Physician, born at Elvington, Oxfordshire. Published as his inaugral dissertation, the first treatise on rickets. Friend of Pepys and of Evelyn.

John Fell (1625-1686)
Bishop, born at Longworth, Berkshire.

Anthony Wood (1632-1695)
Antiquary and historian.

Sir George Etherege (1635-1693)
Dramatist and diplomat.

Thomas Ellwood (1639-1713)
Quaker and author, born at Crowell, Oxfordshire.

Sir John Holt (1642-1710)
Judge, born in Thame.

Thomas Phillips (1708-1774)
Biographer, born at Ickford, Buckinghamshire.

Richard Powell (1767-1834)

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