Sir Thomas Thornhill, 1st Baronet (26 March 1837 – 2 April 1900)was a British Conservative Party politician.
He was appointed High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1860. He was elected to the House of Commons as one of the two Members of Parliament (MPs) for the Western division of Suffolk at a by-election in October 1875, and held the seat until the constituency was abolished at the 1885 general election.
He was made a baronet, of Riddlesworth Hall in the Parish of Riddlesworth in the County of Norfolk and of Pakenham Lodge in the Parish of Pakenham, Suffolk, on 11 August 1885.
Thornhill married Katherine Edith Isabella Hodgson, daughter of Richard Hodgson-Huntley, of Carham Hall, Northumberland, by his wife Catherine Moneypenny Compton, daughter of Anthony Compton, of Carham Hall. Lady Thornhill was in January 1902 granted permission to take the surname and arms of Compton combined with Thornhill, for herself and her issue.He was succeeded by their son Anthony John Compton-Thornhill.
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The Thornhill, later Compton-Thornhill Baronetcy, of Riddlesworth Hall in the Parish of Riddlesworth in the County of Norfolk and of Pakenham Lodge in the Parish of Pakenham in the County of Suffolk, was a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 11 August 1885 for Thomas Thornhill, Conservative Member of Parliament for West Suffolk. The second Baronet assumed the additional surname of Compton on 9 May 1901. The title became extinct on his death in 1949.
Riddlesworth Hall School is a former country house. It now serves as a boarding school. It is located in Riddlesworth, Norfolk, England.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Fuller Maitland Wilson
| Member of Parliament for West Suffolk |
1875 – 1885
With: William Parker 1875–1880
William Biddell 1880–1885
John George Sheppard
| High Sheriff of Suffolk |
Edward Robert Starkie Bence
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation|| Baronet |
(of Riddlesworth Hall and Pakenham Lodge)
Anthony John Compton-Thornhill
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