Sir Thomas Gargrave(1495-1579), Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Thomas Gargrave was the son of Thomas Gargrave of Wakefield, South Yorkshire and Elizabeth, daughter of William Levett of Hooton Levitt and Normanton. He was highly influential in the government of Yorkshire and served as President of the Council of the North 1547-55 and High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1565 and 1569. As MP for Yorkshire, Gargrave was appointed Speaker of the House of Commons in the first Parliament of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in 1559. He acquired the property of Nostell Priory in 1567 and died there in 1579.