Sir Thomas Ingram

Sir Thomas Ingram, his wife and only daughter, are buried in the south ambulatory of Westminster Abbey, near the steps to the Lady Chapel. Against the screen of the nearby chapel of St Nicholas is a black and white marble monument. The inscription reads:

Here lies interr'd (in full assurance of a glorious Resurrection) the body of ye Right Honble. Thomas Ingram Knt. who for his eminent loyalty, suffering, and services to & for theire Majesties King Charles ye 1st & the 2d was (by ye latter) made Chancellr. of ye Duchy of Lancaster, and one of His Most Honble. Privy Council

Below the mural of an urn with two putti on a black slab:

He married Frances daughter of Thomas Lrd. Vice-Count [Viscount] Fawconberge, by whome he had issue, Mary (his onley childe) who died in the 12th year of her age, Anno. Dom. 1651 and lies likewise here interred. He was primitively religious, and eminently (without ostentation) charitable, an excellent subject, a most affectionate husband, and a faithfull friend, and to ye great griefe of his lady and relations & loss to his Prince and ye publick he exchanged his earthly for a heavenly habitation the 13th day of Feb. 1671, to whose deare memory this monument was erected by his disconsolat lady

The date of his death is given is in Old Style dating (now called 1672). The coat of arms once on the monument, showing the arms of Ingram impaling Belasyse, is now missing.

He was baptised on 23rd June 1614, a son of Sir Arthur Ingram, of Temple Newsam in Yorkshire, and his wife Alice (Ferrars). In 1637 he married Frances daughter of Thomas Belasyse, 1st Viscount Fauconberg. He was knighted in 1636 and was Member of Parliament for Sheriff Hutton in Yorkshire and Isleworth in Middlesex. Unlike his father he was a Royalist in the Long Parliament and regained his seat at the Restoration of Charles II. He was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and a Privy Councillor from 1664 to his death. Lady Frances was buried on 27th March 1680. His elder brother Henry was created Viscount Irvine.

Further reading

History of Parliament online


13th February 1672


South Ambulatory

Memorial Type

Grave; tablet

Material Type


Sir Thomas Ingram
Thomas Ingram memorial

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