TRACY, Thomas (?1716-70), of Sandywell Hall, Glos.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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27 Apr. 1763 - 24 June 1770

Family and Education

b. ?1716, 4th s. of John Tracy of Stanway, Glos. (gd.-s. of John, 3rd Visct. Tracy [I]) by Anne, da. of Sir Robert Atkyns, M.P., chief baron of the Exchequer; bro. of Anthony Tracy Keck.  m. 15 Apr. 1746 (with ‘a great fortune’),1 Mary, da. and h. of Sir William Dodwell of Sevenhampton, Glos., 1da.

Offices Held

Ensign 9 Ft. 1737; ret. bet. 1740 and 1752.


In 1751 Tracy was considered as a candidate for Gloucester on the corporation interest, and in 1752 James West believed that he would be willing to stand at Tewkesbury. Nothing is known about any further attempt by Tracy to enter Parliament until 1763, when he was returned unopposed for Gloucestershire on the Berkeley interest.

Tracy voted with Opposition over Wilkes and general warrants; was a member of Wildman’s Club; and was classed by Newcastle, 10 May 1764, as a ‘sure friend’. Rockingham in July 1765 classed him as ‘pro’ and in November 1766 as ‘Whig’; Townshend in January 1767 as ‘country gentleman’; and Newcastle in March as ‘friend’. He voted against the Chatham Administration on the land tax, 27 Feb. 1767, his last recorded vote. He was returned unopposed in 1768. No speech by him in the House is known.  He died 24 June 1770.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Jas. West to Hen. Pelham, 25 July 1752, West mss at Alscott Park.