Thomas Hanmer

Thomas Hanmer was born in 1612, inheriting his father's baronetcy in 1620. He was a page at the Court of Charles I from 1625-7, an MP from 1640 and a cup-bearer to the king around 1642. He was married around 1630 and had a least three children with his first wife. He and his family left for France in 1644, where his wife died in 1645.

He married again soon after and had at least two sons. The family returned to England in 1650 and returned to Hanmer's ancestral home at Bettisfield. He became closely associated with many leading horticulturalists of the time, and compiled a detailed manuscript under the title The Garden Book of Sir Thomas Hanmer, which was not published until 1933. He specialised in tulips, but also had an interest in cowslips, primroses and anemones. He died in 1678 at Bettisfield.

Bibliography

Martin, John, ' Hanmer, Sir Thomas, second baronet (1612-1678)' Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Oct 2006) [ accessed 23 June 2009]

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