Son of Thomas Brooke, of Northgate House, Honley, Yorkshire, and his wife Ann, daughter of Joseph Ingham, Brooke was a woollen merchant. He married firstly, in 1854, Eliza (d. 1855), daughter of Enoch Vickerman; their son, Francis Thomas, was born in 1855 and predeceased his father in 1872. He married secondly, in 1860, Amelia (d. 1901), daughter of David Dewar, of Dunfermline, Fife; his third wife was Mary (d. 1938), daughter of James Priestley, J.P., of Bankfield, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, and widow of Rev. Charles Farrar Forster. Brooke was also a Chairman of Quarter Sessions for the West Riding of Yorkshire and Commanding Officer of the 5th Administrative Battalion, Yorkshire West Riding Rifle Volunteer Corps.
- Sir. Thomas Brooke. The Times (London, England), Friday, Jul 17, 1908; pg. 13; Issue 38701
- BIRTHDAY HONOURS > Dundee Courier (Dundee, Scotland), Saturday, June 03, 1899; pg. 5; Issue 14333
- Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 2003, vol. 1, p. 520
- ‘BROOKE, Sir Thomas’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 26 July 2017
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