FRANKLAND, Thomas (1718-84), of Kirby Hall, Inkpen, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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12 May 1747 - 1780
3 Apr. - 21 Nov. 1784

Family and Education

b. 26 June 1718, 2nd s. of Henry Frankland, gov. of Fort William, Bengal (bro. of Frederick Meinhardt and Sir Thomas Frankland), by Mary, da. of Alexander Cross, merchant. m. 27 May 1743, Sarah, da. of Judge William Rhett, c.j. and gov. of South Carolina, 5s. 8da. suc. bro. as 5th Bt. 11 Jan. 1768, and his uncle’s wid. to Thirkleby estates 1783.

Offices Held

Entered navy 1731, capt. 1740, r.-adm. 1755, v.-adm. 1759, adm. 1770.


While serving in the West Indies in 1744 Frankland captured several ships, including one said to have been worth ‘half a million of treasure’. As an agent for the sale of other captured ships, he dealt in very large sums of money.1

In 1747 he was brought in for the family borough, classed as a government supporter, sitting until 1780, and again in 1784, dying on 21 Nov.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Sir R. F. Payne-Gallwey, Ped. Frankland of Thirkleby.