HESKETH, Thomas (?1699-1735), of Rufford, Lancs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1722 - 1727

Family and Education

b. ?1699, 1st s. of Thomas Hesketh of Rufford, Lancs. by Anne, da. of Sir Richard Graham, 1st Bt., of Norton Conyers, Yorks. educ. B.N.C. Oxf. 17 May 1715, aged 16. m. 10 July 1722, Martha, da. and coh. of James St. Amand, apothecary, of St. Paul’s, Covent Garden by Elizabeth, da. of Sir William Juxton, 1st Bt., of Little Compton, Glos., 4s. suc. fa. 1721.

Offices Held


The head of an ancient Lancashire family, with an income of ‘near £2,000 per annum’,1 Hesketh was returned for Preston in 1722 in succession to, and with the support of, Henry Fleetwood. ‘Very much a Tory’,2 he was a member of the local Jacobite club.3 He did not stand again, dying 18 Apr. 1735.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Gent. Mag. 1735, p. 219.
  • 2. E. Hamilton to Sunderland, undated, Sunderland (Blenheim) mss.
  • 3. C. Hardwick, Preston, 252.