Sir Thomas Dymoke (ca 1355-1422) was born and died in Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire, England.
Sir Thomas served as Champion on behalf of his mother at the coronations of Henry IV on 13 Oct 1399 and Henry V on 9 April 1413. He was dubbed Knight Banneret on 17 Mar 1400.
At the Coronation of King Henry the Fourth the situation was a rather desperate one. Here was a man about to be crowned while the King of England, Richard the Second-was still alive and a prisoner. Once again Sir Baldwin de Frevile had argued his case before the Court of Claims, and again had failed to maintain it.
On this occasion the office of Kings Champion was Lords of the Manor of Scrivelsby, secured for ever to the possession of the and it has remained the undisputed Dymoke family ever since.
Everybody at this Coronation waited breathlessly for the appearance of the King's Champion-waited to see who would challenge him. Froissart, in his account of the Coronation of King Henry the Fourth, says
"And after dinner the Duke departed from the Tower to Westminster, and rode all the way bareheaded, and about his neck the livery of France. He was accompanied with the prince, his son, and six dukes, six earIs and eighteen barons in all. There were knights and squires a nine hundred horse. The King had on a short coat of cloth of gold after the manner of Germany, and he was mounted on a white courser and the Garter on his left leg.
Thus the King rode through London with a number of lords, every lord's servant in their master's livery, all the burgesses and Lombard merchants in London, and every craft with their livery and device.
Thus he was conveyed to Westminster. He was in number a six thousand horse, and the streets were hanged as he passed by; and the same day and the next there were in London running seven conduits with wine, white and red.
That night the King was bathed, and the next morning he was confessed and heard the Masse as he was accustomed to do; and then all the prelates and clergy came from Westminster Church to the Palace, to fetch the King in procession.
And so he went to the church a procession, and all the lords with him in their robes of scarlet furred with miniver, barred on their shoulders according to their degrees: and over the King was borne a cloth of state of blue with four bells of gold, and it was borne by the burgesses of the Cinque Ports, as Dover and others; and on every side of him he had a sword bo , the one with the Sword of the Church and the other with the Sword of Justice: the sword of the Church his son the prince did bear, and the Sword of justice the Earl of Northumberland did bear, for he was the High Constable of England, for the Earl of Rutland was deposed from that office: and the Earl of Westmoreland, who was Marshal of England, hare the Sceptre.
Thus they entered into the church about nine of the clock: and in the midst of the church there was a high scaffold all covered with red, and in the midst thereof was a chair ro 1 covered with ya cloth of gold. Then the King sat down in that chair, and so sat in state royal saving he had on no crown but sat bareheaded.
"Then at four corners of the scaffold the Archbishop of Canterbury showed unto the people how God had sent them a man to be their king, and demanded if they were content that he should be consecrated and crowned as their king. And they all with one voice said 'Yea,' and held up their hands promising him @th and obeisance.
Then the King rose and went down the scaffold to the High Altar to be consecrated; at which consecration there were two archbishops and ten bishops; and before the altar there he was despoiled of all his vestures of state, and there he was anointed in six place n the head, on the breast, on two shoulders behind, and on the hands. Then a bonnet was set on his head; and while he was anointing the clergy sang the Litany and such service as hey sing at the hallowing of the font.
"Then the King was apparelled in churchman's dress like a deacon, and in manner of a prelate, and a pair of spurs with a point without a rowel: then the Sword of justice was dawn out of the sheath and hallowed and then it was taken to the King, who did put it again into the sheath: then the Archbishop of Canterbury did gird the sword about him. Then St. Edward's Crown was brought forth, which is arched above in form of a cross and it was blessed, and then the Archbishop did set it on the King's head.
After Mass the King departed out of the church in the same state and went to his palace; and there was a fountain that ran by divers branches white wine and red.
"Then the King entered into the Hall, and so into a privy chamber, and after came out a ain to dinner. At the first table sat the King, at the second the five orders of Peers of the Realm, at the third the valiant men of London, at the fourth the new made Knights, at the fifth the Knights and Squires of Honour; and by the King stood the Prince holding the Sword of the Church and on the other side the Constable with the Sword of justice, and, a little above, the Marshal with the Sceptre, and at the King's board sat two Archbishops and seventeen Bishops.
And in the midst of the dinner there came a knight who was called Dymoke, all armed, upon a good horse richly apparelled, and he had a knight before him bearing his spear, and his sword by his side, and his dagger. The knight took the King a Bill, the which was read. Therein was contained that if there were either knight, squire, or any other gentleman, that would say that King Henry was not rightful king, he was there ready to fight with him in that quarrel, before the King or where it should please him to appoint. That Bill was cried by a Herald in six pieces of the Hall and in the Town. There was none that would challenge .him."
Thomas married Elizabeth Hebden (ca 1375-1453), daughter of Sir Richard Hebden, in 1400. Children from this marriage were:
i Philip Dymoke (ca 1400-1455)
Bibiliography A History of the Coronation by W.J. Passingham. London : Low, Marston, 1940