The Temple Family Addenda, which is separate from the Stowe Collection, deals chiefly with the affairs of Lady Hester (Sandys)
Temple (1569-1656) and her husband Sir Thomas Temple, 1st Bart. of Stowe (1567-1637). Sir Thomas, the son of John Temple,
studied at Lincoln’s Inn, served as a Member of Parliament (1588-89), succeeded to his father’s estates in 1603, and was knighted
in the same year. He purchased a baronetcy and served as Sheriff of Oxfordshire (1606-07), Buckinghamshire (1616-17), and
Warwickshire (1620-21). About 1595, Sir Thomas married Hester, the daughter of Miles Sandys of Buckinghamshire. She was active
in the management of the Temple estates, in numerous lawsuits, and in the care of their fifteen children.
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