Thomas Thoroton-Hildyard

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Thomas Blackborne Thoroton-Hildyard (8 April 1821 – 19 March 1888) was an English Conservative Party politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1846 and 1885.

Conservative Party (UK) Political party in the United Kingdom

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House of Commons of the United Kingdom Lower house in the Parliament of the United Kingdom

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Thoroton-Hildyard was the son of Colonel Thomas Blackborne Thoroton-Hildyard of Flintham Hall and his wife Anne Catherine White. His mother was heiress of Sir Robert D'Arcy Hildyard, and his father had assumed the surname Hildyard in addition to Thoroton in 1815 in connection with inheriting of the Hildyard family's estates based around Winestead Hall in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Thoroton-Hildyard was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. He was a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire and a major in the South Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Cavalry. [1]

Flintham village in the United Kingdom

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Yorkshire Historic county of Northern England

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Eton College British independent boarding school located in Eton

Eton College is an English 13–18 independent boarding school and sixth form for boys in the parish of Eton, near Windsor in Berkshire. It was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI as Kynge's College of Our Ladye of Eton besyde Windesore , as a sister institution to King's College, Cambridge, making it the 18th-oldest Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference school.

In 1846 Thoroton-Hildyard was elected Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire South. It was a toughly contested election. Hildyard was supported, according to the University of Nottingham, by the 4th Duke of Newcastle under Lyne "in spite of the fact that Newcastle’s son, the Earl of Lincoln, was his opponent. Lincoln attacked Hildyard’s youth and inexperience, but the 'young squire' still defeated him by a majority of almost 700." [2] Thoroton-Hildyard held South Nottinghamshire from 1846 until 1852. [3] In 1863 he was High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire. He was re-elected MP for South Nottinghamshire in 1866 and continued to represent the constituency until his retirement in 1885. [3]

The High Sheriff is the oldest secular office under the Crown. Formerly the High Sheriff was the principal law enforcement officer in the county but over the centuries most of the responsibilities associated with the post have been transferred elsewhere or are now defunct, so that its functions are now largely ceremonial. The High Sheriff changes every March.

Thoroton-Hildyard died at the age of 66.

Thoroton-Hildyard married Anne Margaret Rochfort, daughter of Colonel Rochfort of Clogranane, County Carlow. He was the father of General Sir Henry Hildyard (1840–1916) and the grandfather of General Sir Reginald Hildyard (1876–1965). [1]

Henry Hildyard British Army general

General Sir Henry John Thoroton Hildyard was a British Army officer who saw active service in the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882 and the Second Boer War. He was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Africa, from 1905 to 1908.

Reginald Hildyard British Army general

General Sir Reginald John Thoroton Hildyard was a British Army officer who saw active service in the Second Boer War and the First World War. He was Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda from 1936 to 1939.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Earl of Lincoln
Lancelot Rolleston
Member of Parliament for South Nottinghamshire
With: Lancelot Rolleston to 1849
Robert Bromley 1849–1851
William Hodgson Barrow from 1851
Succeeded by
Viscount Newark
William Hodgson Barrow
Preceded by
Lord Stanhope
William Hodgson Barrow
Member of Parliament for South Nottinghamshire
With: William Hodgson Barrow to 1874
George Storer from 1874
Constituency abolished