LOCKYER, Thomas (1699-1785), of Mapperton, nr. Ilchester, Som. and New Buildings, Coleman St., London.
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bap. 19 Sept. 1699, 4th s. of Thomas Lockyer of Ilchester, Som.; bro. of Charles Lockyer. m. (1) 1728, Elizabeth (d. bef. 1751), da. of Joseph Tolson, E.I. Co. capt., 2s. d.v.p. 2da.; (2) c. 1780, Mary, da. of Thomas Handcock of Fore St., London, s.p. suc. to trusteeship of his e. bro. John Lockyer’s properties nr. Ilchester 1734.
Thomas Lockyer, a Dissenter,1 ‘from small beginnings as a broker, a banker, an East India trader, and a dealer in the funds, acquired a great fortune’.2 In 1746 he bought the manor of Mapperton,3 near Ilchester, where he succeeded his elder brother Charles, in 1747, as a government supporter. The 2nd Lord Egmont states in his electoral survey, c.1749-50, that ‘Lockyer may absolutely have the command of this borough and will give it wholly to us’. He retained control of the borough till his death, 9 July 1785.