Sir Thomas Webster, 1st Baronet

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Sir Thomas Webster, 1st Baronet (1679 – 30 May 1751) was a British landowner and Whig politician who sat in the English and British House of Commons between 1705 and 1727.

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Webster was the eldest son of Sir Godfrey Webster, a well-to-do clothier of Fenchurch St., London, and the Nelmes, Havering, Essex and educated at the Middle Temple from 1697. On 2 October 1701, he married Jane Cheek, the daughter and heiress of Edward Cheek of Sandford Orcas, Somerset and his wife Mary Whistler. [1] She was the daughter and co-heiress of the wealthy merchant Henry Whistler (who died in 1718), from whom a fortune descended to the Webster family, which they acknowledged by using Whistler as a Christian name in the Webster family. In 1703 he purchased the estate of Copped Hall in Essex for over £20,000 from Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset and was created a Baronet the same year. [1] He also served as High Sheriff of Essex for the year 1703 to 1704.

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Webster was elected the Whig Member of Parliament for Colchester in December 1705, sitting until 1711. He was re-elected in 1713, but on petition the result was voided in 1714 following a dispute over the generous creation of Freemen, who had the right to vote, by the Whig dominated council. [2] He was, however, re-elected in 1722, representing the borough until 1727. [3]

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He was appointed Verderer of Waltham Forest from 1718 until his death. In 1721 he purchased Battle Abbey from Anthony Browne, 6th Viscount Montagu.

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Webster died on 30 May 1751. He and his wife had 2 sons and 3 daughters. He was succeeded by his son Sir Whistler Webster, 2nd Baronet, who also became an MP. [1] His daughter Abigail married William Northey, MP. The published catalogue of the Muniments of Battle Abbey (1835) notes (p 199) that Sir Thomas's son and heir Whistler Webster's share of Henry Whistler's property, "independent of what he derived from his father, Sir Thomas" was £68,000.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Cokayne, George Edward, ed. (1904), Complete Baronetage volume 4 (1665-1707), 4, Exeter: William Pollard and Co, retrieved 5 June 2019
  2. "WEBSTER, Sir Thomas, 1st Bt. (1676-1751), of Copped Hall, Essex, and Battle Abbey, Suss". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715). Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  3. "WEBSTER, Sir Thomas, 1st Bt. (c.1679-1751), of Copped Hall, Essex and Battle Abbey, Suss". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 18 March 2016.
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