Thomas Bury 1652-1722

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Sir Thomas BURY 1652-1722

Bury's bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection *403)

Biographical Note

Born at Grantham, younger son of Sir William Bury of Linwood, Lincolnshire. BA Lincoln College, Oxford 1668; admitted at Gray's Inn the same year (barrister, 1676. He developed a legal career in Lincoln, where he became counsel for the city in 1681, and recorder in 1700. The following year he resigned that post to become a judge in London, as a Baron of the Exchequer; he was then knighted. He became Chief Baron in 1716. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1718.


Bury used an engraved armorial bookplate, dated 1703 (Franks 4584/*403). The extent and disposition of his library are not known. He was unmarried and in his will, his estate was variously divided between his brother, nephews and nieces; all the residue of the estate went to his brother Gilbert.