Thomas Proby

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Sir Thomas Proby, 1st Baronet (18 October 1632 22 April 1689) of Elton Hall, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1660 and 1685.

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Elton Hall, Cambridgeshire

Proby was the son of Sir Heneage Proby (of Elton and Raans, Buckinghamshire) and his wife Ellen Allen, daughter of Edward Allen, of Finchley, Middlesex. [1]

In 1660, Proby was elected Member of Parliament for Amersham in the Convention Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Amersham in the Cavalier Parliament and sat until 1679. [2] He was created a baronet in 1662. [1] In 1679 he was elected MP for Huntingdonshire and sat until 1685. [2]

He carried out a number of improvements to Elton Hall. [3] Proby died at the age of 56.[ citation needed ]

Family

Proby married Frances Cotton, daughter of Sir Thomas Cotton, 2nd Baronet of Connington, Huntingdonshire. His daughter Alice married the Hon. Thomas Watson-Wentworth MP, and had an only child, Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquess of Rockingham. Proby's son died travelling and the baronetcy became extinct on Proby's death. The Elton estate passed to his brother John Proby. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 John Burke, John Bernard Burke A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies
  2. 1 2 History of Parliament Online - Proby, Thomas
  3. Historic England. "ELTON HALL (1164802)". National Heritage List for England . Retrieved 30 March 2015.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Not represented in Restored Rump
Member of Parliament for Amersham
1660–1679
With: Charles Cheyne 1660
Sir William Drake, Bt 1661–1669
Sir William Drake 1669–1679
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire
1679–1685
With: Silius Titus
Succeeded by
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of Elton)
1662–1689
Extinct