Sir Thomas Dyke
Memorial in Waldron Church: Near this place lyes the body of Sir Thomas Dyke of Horeham who married Philadelphia eldest daughter & coheire of Sir Thomas Nutt of Mays in this County knight by whom he had issue viz Thomas & Catherine who died young, Philadelphia, Elizabeth and Thomas who survive to whose Memory Dame Philadelphia his relief erected this monument designing herselfe to be buryed neare it Obyb 31Oct Anno 1706 cetatis 57
Mays House, Selmeston was passed on to sisters Philadelpia and Catherine Nutt and their husbands in 1674 when their father Sir Thomas Nutt died. Sir Thomas Dyke of Horam in Waldron bought out his brother-in-law in 1704.
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Sir Thomas Dyke, 1st Baronet (c. 1650-31 October 1706) was an English Tory politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1685 and 1698.
Dyke was the son of Sir Thomas Dyke and his wife Catharine Bramstone, daughter of Sir John Bramstone, of Skreenes, Essex. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. He entered Middle Temple in 1667 and later travelled abroad.He lived at Horeham, in Sussex and was created a baronet, of Horeham in the County of Sussex, on 3 March 1677. From 1677 to 1679 he was a commissioner for assessment in Sussex.
Dyke was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Sussex in 1685 and held the seat until 1689. During this period, as a high church Anglican, he was in disagreement with King James II, which caused an interruption to his term as J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant. In 1689 he was elected MP for East Grinstead and held the seat until 1698. He was commissioner of Public Accounts in 1696.
Dyke died aged 56.
Dyke married Philadelphia Nutt, the daughter of Thomas Nutt, of Selmiston, Sussex. Their son Thomas succeeded to the baronetcy and their daughter Philadelphia married Lewis Stephens, D.D.
Memorial in Waldron Church: In this alley lye the body of Sir Thomas Dyke of Horeham in this parish and of Dame Katherin his wife [1 of y daughters of Sir John Bramston of screens in Essex Lord Chief the King's Bench in the Reign of King Charles the first] By whom he had 12 children viz 3 sons John Thomas William 9 daughters viz Mary Kathrine Elizabeth Bridget Sarah Dorothy Bridget Martha Lucy He dyed 13th Anno Domini 1669 Aged 51 She dyed 28th May 1695 Aged 76
Of Skreenes, Essex.