Sir Anthony Abdy, 5th Baronet

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Sir Anthony Thomas Abdy, 5th Baronet KC (c. 1720 – 7 April 1775)[1] was a British barrister and Whig politician.

Background and education[edit]

He was the eldest son of Sir William Abdy, 4th Baronet and his wife Mary Stotherd, daughter of Philip Stotherd.[2] Abdy was educated at Felsted School and went then to St John's College, Cambridge.[3] In 1750, he succeeded his father as baronet[4] and in 1759, he also inherited the estates of Sir John Abdy, 4th Baronet, the great-grandchild of the brother of his great-grandfather.[5]


Abdy was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1738 and was called to the Bar after six years.[6] He managed the estates of Sackville Tufton, 7th Earl of Thanet and was adviser to Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington.[6] In 1758, he became a bencher and in 1765 he was appointed a King's Counsel.[6]

When in 1763 Sir Henry Slingsby, 5th Baronet died, Abdy with the support of William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, Burlington's son-in-law,[6] stood as Member of Parliament (MP) for Knaresborough, a seat he held until his death in 1775.[7]

Family and death[edit]

On 13 August 1747, he married Catherine Hamilton, youngest daughter of William Hamilton in St Paul's Cathedral in London.[8] Their marriage was childless and Abdy was succeeded in the baronetcy by his younger brother William.[9] Having had suffered from the gout in his last years, he died on it in 1775.[6]


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  2. ^ Kimber, Edward (1771). Richard Johnson, ed. The Baronetage of England: Containing a Genealogical and Historical Account of All the English Baronets. vol. I. London: Thomas Wotton. p. 373. 
  3. ^ "Abdy, Anthony Thomas (ABDY738AT)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (5th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 138. 
  5. ^ Burke, John (1841). John Bernhard Burke, ed. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland and Scotland (2nd ed.). London: Scott, Webster, and Geary. pp. 1–2. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Sir Lewis Namier, John Brooke, ed. (2002). The House of Commons, 1754-1790. vol. II. London: Secker & Warburg. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Knaresborough". Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "ThePeerage - Sir Anthony Thomas Abdy, 5th Bt". Retrieved 14 March 2007. 
  9. ^ Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 1. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Lord John Cavendish
Sir Henry Slingsby
Member of Parliament for Knaresborough
With: Lord John Cavendish 1763–1768
Robert Walsingham 1768–1775
Succeeded by
Lord George Cavendish
Robert Walsingham
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
William Abdy
(of Felix Hall)
Succeeded by
William Abdy