Name: Thomas Rotherham alias Scott ?
Residence: Rotherham, Yorkshire
Change Date: 30 MAR 2013
It is often stated (e.g. ODNB) that the name of [Archbishop] Thomas Rotherham's father is unknown, and that there is no contemporary foundation for the suggestion that he was a Sir John Rotherham. His mother is known to have been Dame Alice Rotherham (she is named in connection with the Guild that the family established at Luton), and he had one brother, John (d 1492, of Someries, Luton) and a sister (wife of William Blythe of Norton, Derbyshire).
I note that the Eton College Registers 1441-1698, edited by Sir Wasey Sterry, show the following entry for the future Archbishop:
"Thomas Rotherham als Scott, c1443; son of Sir Thomas Rotherham of Rotherham; born Rotherham 24 August 1423*; King's Scholar, King's College, Cambridge, July 1443; Chancellor of Cambridge University, 1469-71; Master of Pembroke"
His brother's entry reads: "John Rotherham, doubtless second son of Sir Thomas Rotherham, born at Rotherham; King's Scholar, King's College, Cambridge, 14 September 1448; one of the posthumous miracles of Henry VI was the cure of his lunatic servant"
Harvey et al. Visitation of Beds, 1566 etc., pps 49-50 has purported pedigree of this family with Sir John Scott as father of Thomas Scott alias Rotheram, Arch. of York with a brother Sir William Scott (Sheriff of Kent) and a brother Sir John Rotheram (married to Alice Beckett):
Sir Thomas Rotherham, of Someries, died 1504; married Catherine, daughter of Anthony, Lord Grey of Ruthyn; left issue
I can't seem to find an Anthony Lord Grey of Ruthyn. I have seen her called a daughter of Sir John Grey, 8th Baron Grey of Wilton.
The statement that Thomas Rotherham was a younger son of the family of Scott of Scot's Hall is without foundation.
(DNB 1909 Page 1044)
- Thomas Rotherham b: 24 AUG 1423