Sir Thomas Sackville 1536 – 1608

Sir Thomas Sackville largeThe first Baron Buckhurst and first Earl of Dorset.

Sir Thomas Sackville, son of Richard, was born in 1536 and died on the 19th April 1608. Queen Elizabeth I in 1566 granted him the great estate of Knole near Sevenoaks in Kent, in 1567 created him 1st Baron Buckhurst and in 1570 granted him the Bexhill estate.

Lord Buckhurst maintained the friendship and confidence of Queen Elizabeth; held great offices of State as Lord High Steward; he was a Knight of the Garter, Chancellor of Oxford and was entrusted with the leadership of embassies to France and the Low Countries. On the accession of James I he was created 1st Earl of Dorset.

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