Sir Robert Throckmorton, 8th Baronet
Throckmorton was the son of William Throckmorton and his wife Frances Gifford, daughter of Thomas Gifford of Chillington. The Throckmortons were a prominent Roman Catholic family, who continued to hear mass at the family home Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire. In 1826 the family estate at Molland in Devon devolved to Throckmorton when his uncle succeeded to the baronetcy. The Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829 allowed Catholics to hold national office for the first time in almost three hundred years.
Throckmorton took advantage of the change in the law to become one of the first Catholic MPs. At the 1831 general election he was elected MP for Berkshire, the location of his third country estate, Buckland Park (though it is now in Oxfordshire). He held the seat until 1835. He also became a JP and Deputy Lieutenant for Berkshire. He was High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1843.
Throckmorton inherited the baronetcy in 1840 on the death of his uncle Sir Charles Throckmorton, 7th Baronet. He built a new Catholic church at the end of the south drive of Coughton Court, next to the ruins of the church built by an earlier Throckmorton in the 15th century which was confiscated from the family during the Reformation.
Throckmorton died at the age of 61.
Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Robert Throckmorton
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Berkshire
With: Charles Dundas 1831–1832
Robert Palmer 1832–1835
John Walter 1832–1835
Henry Mill Bunbury
|High Sheriff of Berkshire
Edwin Martin Atkins
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