WHETHAM, Thomas (c.1665-1741), of Turnham Green, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1722 - 1727

Family and Education

b. c.1665, 1st s. of Nathaniel Whetham, barrister, I. Temple (1st s. of Col. Nathaniel Whetham, gov. of Northampton and Portsmouth for the parliamentary army), by Elizabeth, da. of Adrian Scrope of Wormesley, Oxon. m. Mary, da. of Edward Thompson of Marston, Yorks., 1s. 1da. suc. fa. 1667.

Offices Held

Ensign 1s Ft. 1685; capt.-lt. Sir James Leslie’s Ft. 1694, capt. 1694; maj. 11 Ft. bef. 1700; col. 27 Ft. 1702-25; brig.-gen. 1707; c.-in-c. Canada 1709; maj.-gen. 1710; c.-in-c. Scotland 1712; col. 12 Ft. 1725-d.; lt.-gen. 1727; gen. 1739.

Gov. Berwick and Holy Island 1740.


After serving in Scotland, the West Indies and Spain under William III and Anne, Whetham commanded the left wing of the army at Sheriffmuir in the rebellion of 1715. Returned as a Whig for Barnstaple after a contest in 1722, he did not stand again. In or about 1739 he purchased the manors of Kirklington and Hockerton in Nottinghamshire for £25,000.1 He died 28 Apr. 1741.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Shirley Matthews


  • 1. PCC 140 Spurway; Thoroton, Notts. iii. 99.