Thomas Watts (1689–1742)

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Thomas Watts (baptised 23 May 1689 – 18 January 1742) was a Member of Parliament for Mitchell and Tregony.

Mitchell, or St Michael was a rotten borough consisting of the town of Mitchell, Cornwall. From the first Parliament of Edward VI, in 1547, it elected two members to the Unreformed House of Commons.

Tregony was a rotten borough in Cornwall which was represented in the Model Parliament of 1295, and returned two Members of Parliament to the English and later British Parliament continuously from 1562 to 1832, when it was abolished by the Great Reform Act.

He was a son of Thomas Watts (1664-1739), vicar of Orpington, and his wife Audria Oliver (1668-1717). He married first, in 1716, Hannah Seede, widow of James Allen, and second, in 1729, Susannah Gascoyne. [1]

Orpington town in the London Borough of Bromley in London, England

Orpington is a town and electoral ward in the London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England, at the south-eastern edge of London's urban sprawl. It is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London. Before the creation of Greater London in 1965, Orpington was in the county of Kent.

Watts was prominent as an academy master in London; as a leading figure in the insurance business at the Sun Fire Office; and as a freemason. [2]

Watts represented Mitchell in parliament from 1734 to 1741 and Tregony from 1741 until his death the next year. [3]

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  1. Edward J. Davies, "Thomas Watts, M.P., and William Watts, Governor of Fort William and Grandfather of Lord Liverpool", Genealogists' Magazine, 32(2016-18):185-90.
  2. Ruth Wallis, "Watts, Thomas (d. 1742)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online ed., May 2009; P.J. Wallis, "Thomas Watts: Academy Master, Freemason, Insurance Pioneer, MP", History of Education Society Bulletin, 32(Autumn 1983):51-53.
  3. Eveline Cruickshanks, "WATTS, Thomas (d.1742), of Enfield Chase, Mdx.", The History of Parliament: The House of Commons, 1715-1754.