Thomas Villiers, 2nd Earl of Clarendon

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The Grove, Watford. Now an hotel

Thomas Villiers, 2nd Earl of Clarendon (25 December 1753 – 7 March 1824), known as Lord Hyde from 1776 to 1786, was a British peer and Tory Member of Parliament from the Villiers family.



Clarendon was the eldest son of Thomas Villiers, 1st Earl of Clarendon and his wife Lady Charlotte Capell, and was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge. [1]

He was elected to the House of Commons for Christchurch in 1774, a seat he held until 1780. He later represented Helston between 1781 and 1786, when he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. [2]

He served as a cornet in the Western Troop, Hertfordshire Yeomanry, under the command of his younger brother George, and when George resigned he was promoted to captain to command in his place. [3]

Lord Clarendon died in March 1824, aged 70. He never married and was succeeded in his titles by his younger brother John Charles Villiers.

He lived at The Grove, a country house near Watford, Hertfordshire.


  1. "Hyde (Thomas Villiers), Lord (HD771)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. "VILLIERS, Hon. Thomas (1753–1824), of The Grove, Watford, Herts". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  3. Sainsbury, p. 35.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Christchurch
With: James Harris
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Helston
With: Richard Barwell 1781–1784
John Rogers 1784–1786
Succeeded by
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by Earl of Clarendon
2nd creation
Succeeded by