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December 24 – Sir Thomas Cornwallis, Mary I’s Comptroller of the Household

On this day in history, 24th December 1604, in the reign of King James I, Sir Thomas Cornwallis died at about the age of eighty-six.

Cornwallis had been active putting down rebellion in 1549 and during the succession crisis of July 1553 swapped sides at just the right time, recanting his proclamation for Jane as queen and proclaiming for Mary instead. Mary rewarded him by making him her Comptroller of the household of Mary I. He also served as a member of Parliament.

In Elizabeth I's reign, his friendship with a man close to the queen may have helped him escape trouble.

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December 24 – Sir Thomas Cornwallis, Mary I’s Comptroller of the Household