Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, 5th Baronet
Hesketh was the only son of Sir Thomas Hesketh, 4th Baronet and his wife Annette Maria Bomford daughter of Robert Bomford of Rakinstown, co. Meath. In 1843 he inherited the baronetcy on the death of his father. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He was a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for Lancashire and Northamptonshire and in 1848 was High Sheriff of Lancashire. He was a lieutenant-colonel in the 6th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers and colonel of the Duke of Lancaster's Own Militia.
In 1862 Hesketh was elected Member of Parliament for Preston. He held the seat until his death at the age of 47 in 1872. In 1868 he assumed by royal licence the additional name of Fermor for himself and his second son following the death of his brother-in-law, the last Earl of Pomfret.
Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh