WESTERN, Thomas (c.1693-1733), of Preston, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1715 - 1722

Family and Education

b. c.1693, s. and h. of Thomas Western jun. of London, merchant, by Ann, da. of Capt. Fisher. educ. St. Catherine’s, Camb. 1708; G. Inn 1708; I. Temple 1710. m. Mary, da. of Sir Richard Shirley, 2nd Bt., sis. and coh. of Sir Richard Shirley, 3rd Bt., of Preston, Suss., 1s. suc. cos. to Rivenhall, Essex, 1730.

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Western was the grandson of an ironmaster, who died in 1707, said to be worth £200,000.1 Himself a London merchant, he acquired through his wife the estates of the Shirleys, buying her sister’s moiety in 1721 for £6,275.2 Returned unopposed in 1715 as a Whig for Sudbury, he seconded the Address 17 Dec. 1718, but voted against the Government in all recorded divisions. He did not stand again, dying 7 Apr. 1733, aged about 40.3 His great-grandson was Charles Callis Western, M.P., created Lord Western.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Luttrell, vi. 130.
  • 2. Horsfall, Suss. i. 169.
  • 3. C. F. Smith, ‘The Western family of Rivenhall’, Essex Rev. x. 8.