Thomas Thoroton

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Thomas Thoroton (c. 1723-–1794), was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons for 25 years between 1757 and 1782.

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Early life

Thoroton was the son of Robert Thoroton of Screveton and his wife Mary Levett, daughter of Sir Richard Levett Lord Mayor of London and widow of Abraham Blackborne, merchant of London. He was educated at Westminster School in 1736 and was admitted at Trinity Hall, Cambridge as scholar on 30 December 1741 and at Lincoln's Inn on 22 May 1745. [1] He became political agent to John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland and married his illegitimate daughter Roosilia Drake in October 1751. [2]

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Political career

Thoroton was returned as Member of Parliament for Boroughbridge in a by-election in 1757. In the 1761 general election he was returned as MP for Newark on Duke of Newcastle’s interest. He was Secretary to the Board of Ordnance from 1763 to 1770. He stood in the 1768 general election contesting Bramber on Granby’s interest. Though defeated in the poll he was seated on petition in 1769. He was returned unopposed at Bramber in 1774 and 1780. [2] He took a great part in managing the affairs of Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland. During the Gordon riots in 1780 he was highly active and rescued several victims from the mob. [1]

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Later life

In 1789 Thoroton sold his estates at Alfreton and Swanwick, Derbyshire, and purchased Flintham House and land at Flintham, Nottinghamshire, close to Screveton. [3] He died on 9 May 1794 and was buried at Screveton. [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Thoroton, Thomas (THRN741T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. 1 2 "THOROTON, Thomas (?1723-94), of Screveton Hall, Notts". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  3. 1 2 University of Nottingham Manuscripts and Special Collections. Biography of Thomas Thoroton.
  4. "THOROTON, Thomas (1752-1814), of Flintham Hall, nr. Newark, Notts". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Cecil Bisshopp, Bt
Earl of Euston
Member of Parliament for Boroughbridge
1757– 1761
With: Sir Cecil Bisshopp, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Cecil Bisshopp, Bt
Brice Fisher
Preceded by
John Manners
Job Staunton Charlton
Member of Parliament for Newark
With: John Manners
Succeeded by
John Manners
John Shelley
Preceded by
The Lord Winterton
Charles Lowndes
Member of Parliament for Bramber
1769– 1782
With: Charles Ambler 1769-1774
Sir Henry Gough1774-1782
Succeeded by
Hon. Henry Fitzroy Stanhope
Sir Henry Gough