Sir Thomas Rush

Sir Thomas Rush

Thomas Rush (or Russhe), (1490 - 1560), born in Sudbourne, Suffolk, England, was an English serjeant-at-arms who served Henry VII and Henry VIII and was knighted by the latter at the coronation of Anne Boleyn in 1533, the year before he was made sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk.


Thomas Rush was a local politician in Ipswich who had served Henry VII as well as his son Henry VIII. He was a friend of Cardinal Wolsey (Henry VIII's first Lord Chancellor), survived the fallout from Wolsey's downfall, and attached himself to Wolsey's successor Thomas Cromwell. He was one of the King's sergeants-at-arms, the forerunners of the Yeomen of the Guard ("Beefeaters"); Debrett's Knightage says that he was one of those made a "Knight of the Bath" as part of the coronation ceremonies of Anne Boleyn. [Genealogical researcher Craig Scott of Maidenhead, England, in a 1998 email correspondence.]


Sir Thomas married Anne Rivers, daughter of John Rivers of Ipswich, and fathered six children: Arthur, Thomas, Leonard, Anthony, John, and an unnamed daughter. Leonard and John did not survive infancy. Sir Thomas later married a woman named Christian, but produced no more children. ["Benjamin Rush, M.D. (1745-1813), his origins and ancestry", by A.R. Rush.]


Sir Thomas is interred in St. Stephen's Church in Ipswich, which no longer functions as a church. [ [ Suffolk Churches Site ] ]

Sir Thomas' most famous name-bearing descendant is Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Dr. Rush is Sir Thomas' descendant through the latter's eponymous son.


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