Thomas Windsor, 1st Viscount Windsor

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Thomas Windsor, 1st Viscount Windsor
Died June 1738

Lieutenant-General Thomas Windsor, 1st Viscount Windsor (c. 1670 – 8 June 1738), styled The Honourable Thomas Windsor until 1699, was an English soldier, landowner and politician.

Life[edit]

Windsor was the second son of Thomas Hickman-Windsor, 1st Earl of Plymouth, by Ursula Widdrington, daughter and co-heiress of Sir Thomas Widdrington.

He was made a Page of Honour to James II in 1685 (a post he held until the king was deposed in 1688)[1] and a few months later was returned to Parliament for Droitwich,[1][2] despite being only around sixteen at the time. Lord Willoughby de Eresby wanted both him and Peter Legh expelled as minors. Windsor took no part in the proceedings of Parliament and was not re-elected in 1687.

During the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 Windsor had served as a cornet in Lord Plymouth's Horse under his father. He continued to serve in the Army as a captain in Sir John Fenwick's Regiment in 1687, as a lieutenant-colonel in Viscount Colchester's Regiment between 1690 and 1694, as a colonel of horse between 1694 and 1697, 1702 and 1707 and 1711 and 1712 and of the 3rd Dragoon Guards between 1712 and 1717. He was promoted to brigadier in 1702, to major-general in 1704 and to lieutenant-general in 1710.[1]

In 1692 he was appointed Groom of the Bedchamber in King William's private household, serving until the King's death in 1702. In 1699 he was elevated to the Peerage of Ireland as Viscount Windsor, of Blackcastle.[1][3] This being an Irish peerage he was still eligible for election to the English House of Commons, and in 1705 he was once again returned to Parliament for Bramber, a seat he held until 1708.[1][4] Between 1708 and 1712 he represented Monmouthshire.[1][5] The latter year he was created an English peer as Baron Mountjoy, in the Isle of Wight,[1][3] as one of twelve peers created to secure a Tory majority in the House of Lords.[1]

Lord Windsor married Lady Charlotte Herbert, only daughter of Philip Herbert, 7th Earl of Pembroke and Henriette de Kéroualle, and widow of John Jeffreys, 2nd Baron Jeffreys, in 1703. They had one son and at least four daughters. She died in November 1733. Lord Windsor died in June 1738 and was succeeded in his titles by his son, Herbert.[1][3]

References[edit]

Attribution
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Hon. Henry Coventry
Samuel Sandys
Member of Parliament for Droitwich
1685–1687
With: Samuel Sandys
Succeeded by
Samuel Sandys
The Lord Coote
Preceded by
John Asgill
Samuel Sambrooke
Member of Parliament for Bramber
1705–1707
With: John Asgill
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Bramber
1707–1708
With: William Shippen
Succeeded by
William Hale
Sir Cleave More, Bt
Preceded by
John Morgan
Sir Hopton Williams, Bt
Member of Parliament for Monmouthshire
1708–1712
With: John Morgan
Succeeded by
John Morgan
James Gunter
Military offices
Preceded by
Cornelius Wood
Colonel of Viscount Windsor's Regiment of Horse
1712–1616
Succeeded by
George Wade
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Viscount Windsor
1699–1738
Succeeded by
Herbert Windsor
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Mountjoy
1712–1738
Succeeded by
Herbert Windsor