Thomas was born in 1683, the son of William and Mary Pembrock. He had three sisters: Elizabeth, Bridgett and Mary. He married Sarah Murphy (1691-1750) in 1711. They do not appear to have had any children, but Thomas took a keen interest in his relations, including the Rochford, Winthrop, Ryland and Wrixon families. He was a well-read man, as is seen by the lists of books that he owned.
Thomas Pembrock was admitted as a Freeman of the City of Cork in 1693 and served as Sheriff in 1724, as Mayor in 1733 and was sworn in as a Justice of the Peace in 1735.
He took an active role in the civic life of Cork. Pembrock owned and developed land and houses in several areas of Cork and his book records details about these properties.
Pembrock died on 19 September 1754 and was buried in St. Peter’s Church, North Main Street, Cork. His name is preserved in Pembroke Street, off the South Mall, where he had owned land.
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