Sir Thomas Littleton, 2nd Baronet

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Sir Thomas Littleton, 2nd Baronet (c. 1621 – 14 April 1681) was an English politician from the extended Littleton/Lyttelton family who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1640 and 1681.

Littleton was the son of Sir Adam Littleton, 1st Baronet of Stoke St. Milborough, Shropshire and his wife Audrey Poyntz daughter of Thomas Poyntz.[1] He studied at Jesus College, Oxford, but did not graduate.

Littleton was elected Member of Parliament for the borough of Wenlock in April 1640 for the Short Parliament and was re-elected for the borough in November 1640 for the Long Parliament. As a Royalist, he was disabled from sitting in 1644.[2] He inherited the baronetcy on the death of his father in 1647. In 1652 he sold the Stoke St. Milborough estate to Henry Bernard.[3]

After the Restoration, Littleton sat for Wenlock again in the Cavalier Parliament from 1661–1679.[4] He was subsequently elected MP for East Grinstead in 1679[5] and MP for Yarmouth (Isle of Wight) in 1681, a month before he died.[6]

In October 1637, Littleton married his cousin Anne, daughter of Edward Littleton, 1st Baron Lyttleton of Mounslow. Their son and heir, Sir Thomas Littleton, 3rd Baronet, became Speaker of the British House of Commons.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Wenlock
With: Richard Cresset 1640
William Pierpoint 1640–1644
Succeeded by
William Pierpoint
Humphrey Bridges
Preceded by
Sir Francis Lawley
Thomas Whitmore
Member of Parliament for Wenlock
With: George Weld
Succeeded by
Sir John Weld
William Forester
Preceded by
Thomas Pelham
Henry Powle
Member of Parliament for East Grinstead
With: Thomas Pelham
Succeeded by
Goodwin Wharton
William Jephson
Preceded by
Sir Richard Mason
Thomas Wyndham
Member of Parliament for Yarmouth
With: Lemuel Kingdon
Succeeded by
Thomas Wyndham
William Hewer
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Adam Littleton
(of Stoke Milburgh, Salop)
Succeeded by
Thomas Littleton