FAGG, Thomas (1665-1705), of Rye, and Glynley, Westham, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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Dec. 1701 - 1705

Family and Education

bap. 12 Apr. 1665, 7th s. of Sir John Fagg, 1st Bt.*, by 1st w.; bro. of Robert Fagg I*.  m. 1 Dec. 1694, Elizabeth (d. 1721), da. of William Hay of Horsted, Suss., wid. of John Meeres of Glynley, 2s. 3da.1

Offices Held

Freeman, Rye 1701.2


A Presbyterian like his father, Fagg had settled in Rye, whence his family had originated, and there established himself in a modest way as a trader and shipowner. His marriage in 1694 put him in possession of the comfortable estate of Glynley, but he retained his interests at Rye and in 1701 was granted three acres of waterfront there. In December of that year he was returned for the borough in the general election, whereupon he was classed as a Whig by Robert Harley*. On 10 Jan. 1702 he was named to the drafting committee for a bill to repair the harbour at Rye. Later in the session, on 28 Apr., he was granted leave of absence, but his interest at Rye kept him in the House until the next day when he told for an amendment to the bill for encouraging privateers, which was designed to safeguard the rights of the warden of the Cinque Ports and admiralty officials. Successful once more for Rye in 1702, Fagg was forecast as a probable opponent of the Tack and did not vote for it in the division on 28 Nov. 1704. In 1705 Fagg’s son stood at Rye while he himself unsuccessfully contested Lewes on the Nonconformist interest. He died a few months later, on 19 Sept.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Suss. Arch. Colls. v. 26; Berry, Suss. Gen. 255, 262–3; Suss. Mar. Lic. (Suss. Rec. Soc. vi), 155.
  • 2. E. Suss. RO, RYE 1/17, Rye assembly bk. p. 258.
  • 3. CSP Dom. 1703–4, pp. 368–9; Luttrell, Brief Relation, v. 590; C. Brent, Georgian Lewes, 169.