Thomas Parker, 3rd Earl of Macclesfield

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Arms of Parker, Earls of Macclesfield: Gules, a chevron between three leopard's faces or[1]

Thomas Parker, 3rd Earl of Macclesfield FRS (12 October 1723 – 9 February 1795), styled Viscount Parker between 1732 and 1764, was a British peer and politician.


Macclesfield was the son of George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield, and Mary, daughter of Ralph Lane.[2]

Political career[edit]

Macclesfield was returned to Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1747, a seat he held until 1754,[3] and then represented Oxfordshire between 1754 and 1761[4] and Rochester between 1761 and 1764.[5] The latter year he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in November 1747.[6]


Lord Macclesfield married his first cousin, Mary, daughter of Sir William Heathcote, 1st Baronet, and Elizabeth Parker, in 1749. He died in February 1795, aged 71, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, George. Lady Macclesfield died in May 1812.[7]


  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.723
  2. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 2739 § 27386". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
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  6. ^ "Lists of Royal Society Fellows 1660-2007". London: The Royal Society. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 2739 § 27386". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Hon. Baptist Leveson-Gower
Randle Wilbraham
Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme
With: Hon. Baptist Leveson-Gower
Succeeded by
Hon. Baptist Leveson-Gower
Hon. John Waldegrave
Preceded by
Sir James Dashwood, Bt
Norreys Bertie
Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire
With: Sir Edward Turner, Bt
Succeeded by
Lord Charles Spencer
Sir James Dashwood, Bt
Preceded by
Nicholas Haddock
Isaac Townsend
Member of Parliament for Rochester
With: Isaac Townsend
Succeeded by
Isaac Townsend
Sir Charles Hardy
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Parker
Earl of Macclesfield
Succeeded by
George Parker