Thomas Willoughby, 1st Baron Middleton

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Thomas Willoughby, 1st Baron Middleton (9 April 1672 – 2 April 1729) was a Baron in the Peerage of Great Britain.

He was born at Middleton Hall, Middleton, Warwickshire, the second son of Francis Willughby, the famed mathematician and naturalist ( who preferred to be known by this aberrant spelling of the family name), and was educated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Cambridge.[1]

In 1688 on the early death of his elder brother, Sir Francis Willoughby, 1st Baronet, of Wollaton he succeeded to the baronetcy, and inherited estates at Middleton, Warwickshire and at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire. His main residence was Wollaton Hall. He was elevated to the Peerage on his creation as Baron Middleton in 1711.[2]

On 9 April 1691, he married Elizabeth Rothwell (d. 1736), daughter of Sir Richard Rothwell, 1st Baronet, and had two sons:[3]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1693. [4] He was High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1695 and High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1699, and was Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire 1698–1702 and 1705–1710, and for Newark 1710–1711. He was High Steward of the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield from 1714. In 1728 he was listed as one of the subscribers to the Cyclopaedia of Ephraim Chambers.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Willoughby, Thomas (WLHY683T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ "2nd Baron Middleton Bio". Retrieved 2006-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Willoughby pedigree 3". Retrieved 2006-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Library and archive catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  5. ^ List of Subscribers to the Cyclopaedia at library.wisc.edu
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Scrope Howe
John White
Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire
with Gervase Eyre 1698–1701
Sir Francis Molyneux, Bt 1701–1702

16981702
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Molyneux, Bt
Gervase Eyre
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Francis Molyneux, Bt
John Thornhagh
Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire
with John Thornhagh

17051710
Succeeded by
Sir Scrope Howe
William Levinz
Preceded by
James Saunderson
Richard Sutton
Member of Parliament for Newark
with Richard Newdigate

17101711
Succeeded by
Richard Newdigate
Richard Sutton
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Viscount Weymouth
High Steward of Sutton Coldfield
1714–1729
Succeeded by
The Lord Middleton
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Middleton
1711–1729
Succeeded by
Francis Willoughby
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Francis Willoughby
Baronet
(of Wollaton)
1688–1729
Succeeded by
Francis Willoughby