Thomas Willoughby (MP)

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Thomas Willoughby (11 June 1694 – 2 December 1742), English politician, was the second son of Thomas Willoughby, 1st Baron Middleton and Elizabeth Rothwell. He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge.[1] He was MP for the university in 1720 and from 1721 to 1727; from 1727 to 1730 he was MP for Tamworth.

He married Elizabeth Southby of Birdsall (d. 25 April 1752) and had seven children:

  • Henry Willoughby, 5th Baron Middleton (1726–1800)
  • Francis Willoughby (b. 1727), of Hesley Hall, married on 25 May 1762 Octavia Fisher and had issue
  • Rev. James Willoughby (1731–1816), rector of Guiseley, married Eleanor Hobson and had issue
  • Cassandra Willoughby
  • Elizabeth Willoughby, married in 1750 Rev. Edmund Garforth
  • Emma Willoughby (d. 1781), married Rev. N. Hodgson
  • Antonina Willoughby, married in 1765 Rev. Henry Hewgill

Through his marriage, he inherited Birdsall House, which would later become the chief residence of the Barons Middleton.[2]


  1. ^ "Willoughby, Thomas (WLHY711T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ "The Willoughby Family of Wollaton and Middleton". Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Dixie Windsor
Thomas Paske
Member of Parliament for Cambridge University
With: Dixie Windsor
Succeeded by
Edward Finch
Thomas Townshend
Preceded by
Francis Willoughby
George Compton
Member of Parliament for Tamworth
With: The Earl of Inchiquin
Succeeded by
Lord John Sackville
George Compton