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Originally appearing in Volume V26, Page 891 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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THROCKMORTON (or THROGMORTON), SIR NICHOLAS (1515-1571), English diplomatist and politician, was the fourth of eight sons of Sir George Throckmorton of Congleton in Warwickshire, and uncle of the conspirator Francis Throckmorton (see above). He was brought up in the household of Catherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII. In his youth he was favourable to the reformers in religion. He sat in parliament from 1545 to 1567. During the reign of Edward VI. he was in high favour with the regents. In 1547 he was present at the battle of Pinkie during the invasion of Scotland. When on the death of Edward VI. an attempt was made to place Lady Jane Grey on the throne, he contrived to appear as the friend of both parties, and secured the favour of Queen Mary Tudor. He was, however, suspected of complicity in Wyat's reeelliau,ln r$5,40,nti was bxo htto trial at the Guildhall on the 17th of Apr of ti atyear. By elo pence, readiness of wit, and adroit flattery of the jury he contrhed,, to secure his acquittal in the face of the open hostility of the luij End of Article: THROCKMORTON (or THROGMORTON), SIR

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