Sir Thomas Rich 1st Baronet

1st Baronet Rich of Sunning (from 1661)

Died aged c. 66

Sir Thomas Rich, 1st Baronet (c. 1601 – 15 October 1667) was an English merchant and politician who sat in House of Commons in 1660. He established Sir Thomas Rich's School, a grammar school. Rich was born in Gloucester, son of Thomas Rich, an alderman of the city, and Anne, daughter of Thomas Machin, in 1601. He was sent to school in London and went on to study at the newly founded Wadham College, Oxford. Afterwards, he worked in the city of London in the wine importing trade. Rich later purchased the manor of Sonning, near Reading. In 1657 Rich was appointed High Sheriff of Berkshire and in 1660 elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Reading in the Convention Parliament. In 1661 Charles II created him Baronet of Sunning, Berkshire. Rich died in 1667 and was buried in the Rich Chapel in the parish church at Sonning – his monument has been moved to under the church tower. In his will, Rich left £6000 and his house in Gloucester to establish a school for poor boys. The money was invested in local farm land, and the rent generated by the house was used to pay for the upkeep and operation of the school. Sir Thomas Rich's School opened in 1668, one year after Rich's death, and is still in use today as a grammar school, although not in its original location. The Tommy Psalm (the School Song) describes the history of the school (albeit incorrectly). He married firstly Barbara Morewood, daughter of Gilbert Morewood and Martha Saunderson, by whom he had one daughter Mary, who married Sir Robert Gayer, and secondly Elizabeth Cockayne, daughter of William Cockayne, by whom he had several children, including William, his son and heir.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Here stood Blue Coat Hospital until 1889 founded 1668 endowed by Sir Thomas Rich

Gloucester, Gloucester, United Kingdom where they endowed

This building previously name "Richleigh" and later known as School House formed part of Sir Thomas Rich's School sited here 1889-1964

, Gloucester, United Kingdom where they founded