MYDDELTON (MIDDLETON), Thomas (1624-63), of Chirk, Denb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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7 Dec. 1646
1661 - 13 July 1663

Family and Education

b. 2 Nov. 1624, 2nd s. of Sir Thomas Myddelton, being 1st s. by and w. educ. Oriel, Oxf. 1640. m. (1) by 1650, Mary, da. of Thomas Cholmondeley of Vale Royal, Cheshire, 4s. 1da.; (2) Jane, da. of John Trevor of Brynkinallt, Denb., 1s. (posth.) cr. Bt. 4 July 1660.2

Offices Held

J.p. Salop 1645-?49, Denb. and Merion. 1652-3, Denb. 1656-9, Denb., Merion and Mont. July 1660-d. gov. Chirk Castle 1646-59; commr. for assessment, Denb. 1647-8, 1657, Aug. 1660-1, Merion. 1661-3, militia, Denb. and Flints. 1648, N. Wales Mar. 1660; dep. lt. Denb. and Mont. c. Aug. 1660-d.; commr. for oyer and terminer, Wales 1661, loyal and indigent officers, Merion. 1662.3


Myddelton took part in Booth’s rising with his father, and defended Chirk Castle against General John Lambert. He was returned for Montgomery Boroughs at the General election of 1660 on the interest of his brother-in-law, the 3rd Lord Herbert of Chirbury, surviving a petition from Charles Lloyd. He was included as a friend on Lord Wharton’s list, but proved an inactive Member of the Convention. He was appointed to four committees at the most, of which the most significant were for settling ecclesiastical livings and celebrating the anniversary of the Restoration. On 30 July William Foxwist proposed that he (or perhaps his father) might be considered for a monetary reward, which was immediately declined. It is possible, however, that it was he, rather than his father, who was intended as one of the knights of the Royal Oak in Denbighshire with the modest income of £600 p.a., and his half-brother being dead, he was given a baronetcy. There may have been some opposition to his return for the county in 1661 in succession to his father, but his very moderate election expenditure shows that it cannot have been taken to a poll. He was again inactive in the Cavalier Parliament, in which he was appointed to only six committees, including that to peruse the Hearth-Tax Act. He died intestate in his father’s lifetime at his lodgings in Fleet Street on 13 July 1663, and was buried at Chirk at the cost of £353 6s.8d.4

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Authors: M. W. Helms / A. M. Mimardière


  • 1. Secluded at Pride’s Purge 6 Dec. 1648, readmitted 21 Feb. 1660.
  • 2. Misc. Gen. et Her. (ser. 3) ii. 227-8.
  • 3. CJ, iv. 468.
  • 4. CSP Dom. 1659-60, p. 170; Bowman diary, f. 105; W. M. Myddelton, Chirk Castle Accounts 1605-66, p. 162.