Named as a beneficiary in his mother's Will (1385)
He succeeded his father in 1360 as Earl of Kent, Lord Woodstock, Holand and Wake. He was appointed Marshal of England 13 Mar 1380, until 30 Jun 1385.... 1
Thomas de Holand, K.G., 2nd Earl of Kent, Lord Holand, 6th Lord Wake, Lord Woodstock, of Kirkby Moorside, Butter Crambe and Cropton, Yorkshire, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Wakes Colne, Essex, Ware, Hertfordshire, Ryhall and Whissendine, Rutland, Bourne, Lincolnshire, etc., Justice of the Forest south of Trent, 1377-97, Marshal of England, 1380-5, Captain of Cherbourg, 1384, Constable of the Tower of London, 1389, Privy Councillor, Constable of Corfe Castle, 1391, Constable of Southampton Castle, 1396, son and heir, born about 1350-1 (aged 9 or 10 in 1360, aged 30 in 1385).
He was appointed Captain of Forces for Aquitaine in 1366. He was knighted by Edward the Black Prince at Vittoria March 1367, and afterwards fought at the Battle of Najera 3 April 1367. In 1367 he and his wife, Alice, received a papal indult for a portal altar, and another indult to have mass and other divine offices celebrated privately in places under an interdict. He accompanied the Duke of Brittany in his expedition to Brittany in March 1374/5. In 1378 he served in the fleet in the Channel during a projected invasion of France. The same year he was appointed Joint Guardian of the truce with Scotland. He was appointed Chief Ambassador to treat with Emperor Wenceslas at Calais in 1380. He was chief captain against the rebels in Kent in 1381. He was summoned to Parliament from 16 July 1381 to 18 July 1397, by writs directed Thome de Holand' comiti Kanc'. In 1385 he accompanied the King on his expedition to Scotland. He presented to the church of Blisworth, Northamptonshire in 1386.
In 1394 he and his son, Thomas, accompanied the King to Ireland. 2
The Will of Thomas Earl of Kent, proved 10 May 1397.
In the name of God, Amen. In the day of resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the year of him a thousand three hundred fourscore and seventeen. I Thomas of Holand, Earl of Kent and Lord Wake, being in whole memory, ordain and make my testament in this wise. First, I "geve and bytake" my soul to our Lord Jesus Christ and to his mercy, and to the help and grace of our Lady his blissfull mother, and the help of all Saints of Heaven, and my body to be buried as soon as it "goodlich" may be in the Abbey of Brune. And I give and devise to Alice my wife, and Thomas my son, all my cattle and goods moveable, praying my wife, for all the love and trust that hath been between us, and also praying and charging my son upon my blessing, that they by good love and one assent govern him in such wise that at her power my debts my be quited, and my old servants "iholpe" in discharge of me. And to execute my will and revise aforesaid, I ordain and make my wife and son aforesaid mine executors. Proved before Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Lambeth, 10th May 1397. 3