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He was the fourth son of Miles Button, sheriff of Glamorgan in 1565, 1571, 1589, and Margaret, daughter of Edward Lewis of Van. The Buttons had become possessed of Worleton, in the parish of S. Lythans, Glamorganshire, an alienated manor of the see of Llandaff. Their house at first was probably on the Dog Hill moated grange site, just across the Nant Golych, from the parish of S. Lythans and in the parish of S. Nicholas; later, the residence was probably on the site of the present house called Duffryn, situated nearby. The date of Thomas Button's birth is not known. He went to sea about 1589.
In 1612-13 he commanded an expedition dispatched to inquire into the fate of Henry Hudson and to search for a north-west passage to Asia. Button explored a great part of Hudson Bay. He was knighted on his return by James I. For the rest of his long naval career he served as ' Admiral of the King's ships on the coast of Ireland.'
Sir Thomas married Mary, daughter of Sir Walter Rice of Dynevor, Carmarthenshire, and they had seven children. He made his home at Cardiff.
Miles, his eldest son, married Barbara, the daughter and heiress of Rhys Meurug (' Merrick ') of Cottrell, Glamorganshire, his daughter Elizabeth married Col. John Poyer, and his daughter Ann married Rowland Laugharne . The places of his death and burial are not known.
Published date: 1959
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