Thomas Holmes, 1st Baron Holmes

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Thomas Holmes (2 November 1699 – 21 July 1764) was an English Member of Parliament, who managed elections in the government interest in the Isle of Wight during the 1750s and 1760s.

Holmes had influence over the election of members for five of the six seats in the island's boroughs (Newport, Newtown and Yarmouth). Although it was accepted that he should have first use of the seats for himself and his family (his brothers General Henry Holmes and Admiral Charles Holmes sat for Yarmouth and Newport respectively), he otherwise exercised this influence in favour of government candidates. Even though the extent of his power in the boroughs fell far short of the power of many borough-owners who could directly return MPs, he was sufficiently valuable to the Pelham and Newcastle ministries for him to ask for, and be given, an Irish peerage. He was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Holmes, of Kilmallock in the County of Limerick, on 11 September 1760; the peerage became extinct on his death in 1764. Holmes was Governor of the Isle of Wight from 6 April 1763 until his death. The barony was revived in 1797 in favour of his nephew Leonard Holmes.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Stephens
Charles Worsley
Member of Parliament for Newtown
with James Worsley

1727–1729
Succeeded by
Charles Armand Powlett
Sir John Barrington
Preceded by
Charles Armand Powlett
Sir John Barrington
Member of Parliament for Newtown
with James Worsley

1734–1741
Succeeded by
Henry Holmes
Sir John Barrington
Preceded by
Maurice Bocland
Robert Carteret
Member of Parliament for Yarmouth (Isle of Wight)
with Henry Holmes 1747–1762
Jeremiah Dyson (1762–1764)

1747–1764
Succeeded by
Jeremiah Dyson
John Eames
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Portsmouth
Vice-Admiral and
Governor of the Isle of Wight

1763–1764
Succeeded by
Hans Stanley
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Baron Holmes
1760–1764
Extinct
(revived in 1797 for Leonard Holmes)