Honerable Thomas Watson-Wentworth

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Born: 1665, 17th June.

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Died: 1723, 6th October in Harrowden and buried at York Minster.

Parents: Edward Watson and Anne Wentworth, daughter of Thomas Wentworth,  1st Earl of Stratford of Wentworth Woodhouse.

Marriages: 18th July 1689 Alice Proby, daughter of Sir Thomas Proby 1st Baronet.

Children:  Charles Watson-Wentworth 1730.

Occupation: Politician.

Notes: Thomas metriculated from Christ Church College, Oxford in 1683.

Thomas was returned unapposed as MP for Bossiney at a by-election in March 1701. In the 1702 general election, he stood at Higham Ferrers, in Northamptonshire, but was defeated. His apponent died within a year and he was returned unapposed, at a by-election in 1703. He was again returned as MP for Higham, in the elections of 1705, 1708 and 1710. At the 1713 general election he was returned for Malton, in Yorkshire. In the 1715 election, when he and his son were elected for Malton. In the 1722 election, he was again returned for Higham Ferrers.

In 1695, Thomas inhereited the fortune of his maternal uncle William Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Stratford, including the vast estate of Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire. This together with others in Northamptonshire and Ireland. This was in preference to the Earl's first cousin once-removed, Thomas Wentworth (later created Earl of Stratford), who shared with him common ancestry in the male line. In accordance with the bequest, Thomas adopted the additional surname of Wentworth, thus becoming Thomas Watson-Wentworth.