WHITHED, Francis (?1719-51), of Southwick Park, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1747 - 30 Mar. 1751

Family and Education

b. ?1719, 2nd s. of Alexander Thistlethwayte of Compton Valence, Dorset and Winterslow, Wilts. by Mary, da. of Richard Whithed of Norman Court, Hants; bro. of Alexander Thistlethwayte. educ. Wadham, Oxf. 26 Feb. 1737, aged 17. unm., 1da. suc. uncle Richard Whithed at Southwick Park 1733 and assumed name of Whithed.

Offices Held

Ranger, Bere forest, Hants.


Whithed’s uncle left him large estates in Hampshire, in which he was confirmed by the court of Chancery against an attempt by his elder brother, Alexander Thistlethwayte to dispute the will.1 He lived in Italy from 1740 to 1746 with his cousin John Chute, making friends with young Horace Walpole and the poet Gray, on their grand tour. Returned for Hampshire in 1747 as a government supporter, he died 30 Mar. 1751, leaving his estates to his two brothers, subject to small bequests to his Italian mistress and daughter.2

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. B. Whitehead, Whitehead Fams. 24.
  • 2. PCC 128 Busby.