Thomas Bootle

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Sir Thomas Bootle (bapt. 16 May 1685 [1] – 25 December 1753) was an English landowner and Member of Parliament.

Lathom House, built for Sir Thomas Bootle, 1740 Lathom House from Morris's Country Seats 1880 edited.jpg
Lathom House, built for Sir Thomas Bootle, 1740

He was the eldest son of Robert Bootle of Maghull, Lancashire and studied law at Lincoln's Inn (1708) and the Inner Temple (1712) and was called to the bar in 1713. He served as King's attorney and serjeant within the Duchy of Lancaster from 1712 to 1727 and was created a KC by 1726. [2]

He succeeded his father in 1708 and bought the Lathom House estate at Lathom, near Skelmersdale, Lancashire. There he commissioned Giacomo Leoni to replace the existing house with the finest Palladian house in the county. Started in 1725 it was completed in 1740.

He was elected Member of Parliament for Liverpool in 1724, sitting until 1734 and for Midhurst from 1734 to 1753. He was Mayor of Liverpool for 1726–27.

He was attorney-general of the county palatine of Durham from 1733 to 1753. He was chancellor to Frederick, Prince of Wales in 1740–51 and to George, Prince of Wales from 1751 to his death. He was knighted in 1745.

Bootle died unmarried in Oxford in 1753. Lathom House passed to his younger brother Robert and then to Robert's daughter Mary.

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References

  1. Lancashire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812
  2. "BOOTLE, Thomas (1685-1753), of Lathom Hall, nr. Liverpool, Lancs". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Midhurst
1734–1754
With: Bulstrode Knight 1734–1736
Sir Henry Peachey, Bt 1736–1738
Sir John Peachey, Bt 1738–1744
Sir John Peachey, Bt 1744–1754
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Liverpool
1724–1734
With: Langham Booth 1723–1724
Thomas Brereton 1724–1729
Sir Thomas Aston, 4th Baronet 1729–1734
Succeeded by