INGRAM, Sir Thomas (1614-72), of Sheriff Hutton, Yorks. and Isleworth, Mdx.
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bap. 23 June 1614, 4th but 2nd surv. s. of Sir Arthur Ingram† (d.1642), of Templenewsam, Yorks., being o.s. by 2nd w. Alice, da. of William Ferrers, Mercer, of London, wid. of John Holliday of Bromley, Mdx. m. 1637, Frances, da. of Thomas Belasyse†, 1st Visct. Fauconberg, 1da. d.v.p. Kntd. 16 Oct. 1636.1
Commr. of array, Yorks. 1642; j.p. Mdx. July 1660-d.; dep. lt. Yorks. (N. Riding) Aug. 1660-1, 1666-d., Mdx. 1662-d.; commr. for assessment Mdx. Aug. 1660-9, (N. Riding) 1661-9, Westminster and duchy of Lancaster 1663-4, corporations, Yorks. 1662-3, loyal and indigent officers, Mdx., London, Westminster and Yorks. 1662, highways and sewers, London and Westminster 1662, oyer and terminer, London 1665.2
Gent. of privy chamber June 1660-?4; commr. for trade Nov. 1660-8; chancellor, duchy of Lancaster 1664-d.; PC 17 Aug. 1664-d.3
Ingram’s grandfather, a Yorkshireman by birth, became a prosperous London linen-draper. As a businessman and revenue farmer his father built up a great fortune, which he invested in land, and sat in Parliament from 1609 till his death just before the Civil War. An estate of £1,800 p.a. was settled on Ingram at his marriage, by which he acquired an interest at Thirsk. Unlike his father, he was a Royalist in the Long Parliament, and he became an active commissioner of array. He took refuge in the Newark garrison, claiming to have lost £5,000 by plunder, and compounded at £2,933 in 1649. He sent £1,000 to the exiled Court in June 1659, and on the eve of the Restoration was engaged in negotiations with the leading Presbyterians.4
Ingram regained his seat in 1661. He was a moderately active Member of the Cavalier Parliament, in which he was appointed to 54 committees, including those for the corporations, uniformity and regicides bills. On 20 Mar. 1662 he reported the bill for expediting public accounts, but this remained his only chairmanship. He was listed among the court dependants in 1664, carried a Lincolnshire estate bill to the Lords on 11 May, and as ‘Sir Arthur Ingram’ was appointed to the committee for the conventicles bill. His activity decreased after his appointment as chancellor of the duchy on a life patent, though on 30 Oct. 1666 he was among those ordered to attend the King with a resolution against the import of French goods. An adherent of Clarendon, he was ‘ill looked on’ at Court after 1667; but as a placeman he was included in both lists of the court party in 1669-71. He died on 13 Feb. 1672, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. His elder brother had been goven a Scottish peerage at the Restoration, and his nephew, the third Viscount Irvine, was returned for Scarborough in 1693 as a Whig.5
Ref Volumes: 1660-1690
Authors: P. A. Bolton / Paula Watson
- 1. Foster, Peds. Yorks. Fams. W. Riding; Chamberlain Letters ed. McClure, i. 545; Paver’s Mar. Lic. (Yorks. Arch. Soc. xl), 114.
- 2. Yorks. Arch. Jnl. i. 95; H. B. M’Call, Fam. of Wandesford, 291; HMC 8th Rep. pt. 1 (1881), 275; Tudor and Stuart Proclamations ed. Steele, i. 405.
- 3. Carlisle, Privy Chamber, 170; CSP Dom. 1663-4, p. 664.
- 4. J. T. Cliffe, Yorks. Gentry, 30; A. F. Upton, Sir Arthur Ingram, 207-8; Keeler, Long Parl. 229-30; Royalist Composition Pprs. (Yorks. Arch. Soc. xviii), 124-6; Cal. Cl. SP, iv. 250, 599.
- 5. Add. 36916, f. 118.