Name: Thomas Owen
Birth: in Condover, Shropshire 1
Death: 21 DEC 1598 2
Burial: Westminster Abbey, London 3
Residence: Condover, Shropshire
Occupation: Justice of the Common Please 3
Education: Christ Church, Oxford. Lincoln?s Inn.
MEM: Westminster Abbey, London: large monument 3
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The birth-place of Thomas Owen was Condover in Shropshire, the seat of his father, Richard Owen, a merchant of the neighbouring town of Shrewsbury ; who, according to the pedigrees of the family, could trace his descent from the ancient kings of Wales. His mother was Mary, one of the daughters and co-heirs of Thomas Ottley, Esq., of that town.
He received his education at the university of Oxford, but Wood is uncertain whether at Broadgate's Hall (now Pembroke College) or Christ Church. After taking his degree, he removed to Lincoln's Inn on April 18, 1562, where,
pursuing his legal studies, he was called to the bar on June 4, 1570, and became reader in Lent, 1583. Six years afterwards he was raised to the degree of the coif, and on January 25, 1593, was made queen's serjeant. On January 21, 1594, he was promoted to the bench as a judge of the Common Pleas, where he sat till his death on December 21, 1598."
Wood describes him as a learned man, and a great lover of those who professed learning; and the " Reports " which he collected in the King's Bench and Common Pleas, and which were printed with some additional cases in 1650, manifest his legal erudition and his industry both before and after he was raised to the bench. He was buried in Westminster abbey under a noble monument, the inscription on which is preserved in Dart.
His first wife was Sarah, daughter and heir of Humphrey Baskerville, by whom he had five sons and five daughters.
His second wife was Alice, the widow of William Elkins, mercer and alderman of London. She survived him, and erected and endowed a hospital at Islington for ten poor women, and a school for thirty boys, in grateful remembrance of her escape from death in her childhood, when an arrow, shot at random while she was sporting in the fields, pierced the hat that she wore. Stow enumerates various other of her charitable works.
Justice of the Common Pleas 1594-8. MP Shrewsbury 1584-5.
In the south choir aisle is the tomb of the eminent judge Thomas Owen. His reclining effigy in judicial robes rests on his elbow. The Latin inscription can be translated as:
?Sacred to the Triune God expecting the second coming of Christ our Redeemer, under this tomb lies Thomas Owen Esq. son of Richard Owen, by Mary, daughter of Thomas Otley of the county of Salop [Shropshire] Esq., who from his youth instructed in the study of the municipal laws of England, so prospered in industrious application, readiness and judgment, that he was first chosen Serjeant at Law to Queen Elizabeth, afterwards one of the Justices of the Court of Common Pleas, among whom he had sat five years with singular integrity, equity and commendable prudence, And by Sarah his wife, only daughter and heir of Humphrey Baskervile, had had five sons and as many daughters. And married Alice his second wife, who survives him. He devoutly slept in Christ the 21st day of December in the year of our Redemption 1598. Roger Owen, his most afflicted son, hath, as a proof of his officious duty, and regard to the memory of this best of fathers, erected this monument. The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God?.
He was born at Condover in Shropshire, the eldest son of Richard and Mary. He attended Oxford university and in 1562 was admitted to Lincoln?s Inn. By 1572 he had married Sarah. As well as the offices mentioned in his epitaph he was Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury. His son Roger (1573-1617) was also an eminent barrister and M.P. and married Ursula Elkin (they had two daughters). Sir William Owen was another son. Alice (d.1613), daughter of Thomas Wilkes, was Thomas?s second wife but they had no children.
Father: Richard Owen
Mother: Mary Ottley
- William Owen
- Sara Owen
- Text: http://www.westminster-abbey.org
- Type: Tombstone
Text: Monumental inscription.
- Type: Book
Periodical: Westminster Abbey Official Guide
Date: Revised 2005