CLARKE, Sir Thomas (c.1672-1754), of Brickendon, Herts.
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b. c.1672, 1st s. of Sir Edward Clarke of St. Vedast’s, London, ld. mayor of London. educ. St. Catherine’s Camb. 20 Mar. 1689; M. Temple 1690, called 1706, bencher 1723. m. 9 Jan. 1699, Elizabeth, da. of Alexander Pitfield of Hoxton, Mdx., s.p. suc. fa. 1703. Kntd. 24 July 1706.
Clarke, a lawyer, was the son of a London merchant who bought an estate three miles from Hertford. Soon after coming of age he was returned as a Whig for Hertford, which he continued to represent, with one brief interval, till 1741. After the Hanoverian succession he supported the Government, except on the civil list arrears in 1729 and on the later stages of the excise bill, after originally voting for it. Retiring in 1741, he died 26 Oct. 1754.