WHICHCOT, Thomas (?1700-76), of Harpswell, Lincs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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20 Feb. 1740 - 1774

Family and Education

b. ?1700, 1st s. of George Whichcot, M.P., by Frances Katherine, da. of Sir Thomas Meres, M.P., of Kirton, Lincs., sis. and coh. of Sir John Meres. educ. Brigg; Magdalene, Camb. 16 May 1719, aged 18. m. (1) 27 Nov. 1729, Eliza Maria (d.1732), da. of Francis Anderson of Manby, Lincs., 1da. d.v.p.; (2) settlement 21 May 1734, Jane, da. of John Tregagle of Trevolder, Cornw., 1da. suc. fa. 1720.

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Whichcot, whose family had been settled at Harpswell since the early sixteenth century and whose father had represented Lincolnshire 1698-1700 and 1705-10, was returned for the county in 1740 as an independent Whig. Though opposing the motion for the removal of Walpole in February 1741, he voted with the Opposition till 1744, when he went over to the Government, speaking and voting in favour of the Hanoverians on 18 Jan.1 Classed as a government supporter in 1747, he is described in the 2nd Lord Egmont’s electoral survey c.1749-50 as to be ‘routed for he is a dangler after Pelham’. On 26 Mar. 1753 he spoke against a bill to permit the export of Irish wool. He died 30 Sept. 1776.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. 19 Jan. 1744, Hartington to Devonshire, Devonshire mss.