Thomas Wilde, 1st Baron Truro

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Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain
In office
15 July 1850 21 February 1852
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister Lord John Russell
Preceded byIn Commission
Succeeded by Lord St Leonards
Personal details
Born7 July 1782 (1782-07-07)
Castle Street, London, England
Died11 November 1858(1858-11-11) (aged 76)
Eaton Square, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Whig
Mary Wileman
(m. 1813;died 1840)

Augusta d'Este
(m. 1845)

Thomas Wilde, 1st Baron Truro, PC , QS (7 July 1782 – 11 November 1855) was a British lawyer, judge and politician. He was Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain between 1850 and 1852.

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Background and education

Born in London, Truro was the second son of Thomas Wilde, an attorney and founder of Wilde Sapte, by his wife Mary Anne (née Knight). He was educated at St Paul's School and was admitted an attorney in 1805. He was the younger brother of Sir John Wylde. James Wilde, 1st Baron Penzance, was his nephew.

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James Plaisted Wilde, 1st Baron Penzance, was a noted British judge and rose breeder who was also a proponent of the Baconian theory that the works usually attributed to William Shakespeare were in fact written by Francis Bacon.

Wilde subsequently entered the Inner Temple and was called to the bar in 1817, having practised for two years before as a special pleader. Retained for the defence of Queen Caroline in 1820 he distinguished himself by his cross-examination and laid the foundation of an extensive common law practice. In 1824 he was made Serjeant-at-Law, and in 1827 King's Serjeant.

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He first entered parliament in the Whig interest as member for Newark (1831–1832 and 1835–1841), afterwards representing Worcester (1841–1846). He was appointed Solicitor General in 1839, being knighted in 1840, [1] and became Attorney General in succession to Sir John Campbell in 1841. In 1846 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, an office he held until 1850, when he became Lord Chancellor, and was created Baron Truro, of Bowes in the County of Middlesex. [2] He held this latter office until the fall of the Russell ministry in 1852. [3]

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Thomas Wilde's tomb in St Laurence's parish churchyard, Ramsgate, Kent Tomb of Thomas Wilde, 1st Baron Truro.JPG
Thomas Wilde's tomb in St Laurence's parish churchyard, Ramsgate, Kent

Lord Truro married firstly Mary, widow of William Devaynes (1730–1809) and daughter of William Wileman, in 1813. They had three surviving children. After Mary's death in 1840 he married secondly Mademoiselle d'Este, Augusta Emma d'Este, daughter of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex and a first cousin of Queen Victoria, on 13 August 1845. There were no children from this marriage. Lord Truro died in London in November 1858, aged 76, and was succeeded in the barony by his second but eldest surviving son, Charles. Lady Truro died in May 1866, aged 64.

William Devaynes was an Africa trader, London banker, Government contractor, director of the East India Company, the Africa Company, the Globe Insurance Company, and the French Hospital and also five times Chairman of the East India Company. He was also for more than 26 years an undistinguished Member of Parliament in turn for Barnstaple and Winchelsea.

Augusta Emma dEste British noble

Augusta Emma Wilde, Baroness Truro was the daughter of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, later Duke of Sussex, by his marriage with the Lady Augusta Murray, second daughter of John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, and his countess, Lady Charlotte Stewart.

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Thomas Wilde is commemorated by a Blue plaque erected on the front of 2 Kelvin Avenue Bowes Park London N13 which reads: "Site of Bowes Manor THOMAS WILDE 1st BARON TRURO 1782 – 1855 LORD CHANCELLOR 1850 – 1852 LIVED HERE"

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Bowes Park is situated on the borders of Wood Green, Palmers Green and Bounds Green in London, England. The postcodes for Bowes Park are N22 and N13. The border between the London boroughs of Enfield and Haringey goes through the area. Bowes Park "village" is defined as the triangle area between Bounds Green Road / Brownlow Rd, Green Lanes down to Trinity Road and the A406

Wilde also lived at Truro House, Broomfield Park, Palmers Green London N13, a Grade II listed building which dates back to 1673.


  1. "No. 19828". The London Gazette . 21 February 1840. p. 361.
  2. "No. 21117". The London Gazette . 16 July 1850. p. 1995.
  3. Chisholm 1911.

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