Thomas Harley

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The Honourable Thomas Harley (24 August 1730 – 1 December 1804) was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons for 41 years from 1761 to 1802.

Thomas Harley

Harley was the fourth son of Edward Harley, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer and educated at Westminster School.

He became an alderman of London, Sheriff of London in 1764 and Lord Mayor of London in 1767. He served as Member of Parliament for London from 1761 to 1774 and then for his native Herefordshire for most of the rest of his life. [1]

Berrington Hall, Herefordshire

In 1775 he bought the Berrington estate near Eye, Herefordshire from the Cornewall family and built Berrington Hall in 1778–1781 in place of an older house.[2] It is now classified as a Grade I listed building. [3]

He was elected Mayor of Shrewsbury for 1784–85 and appointed Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire for April 1791 to August 1804.

He died in December, 1804. He had married in 1752, Anne, the daughter of Edward Bangham, deputy Auditor of the Imprest. They had 2 sons, who both predeceased him, and 5 daughters. He gave Berrington to his daughter Anne when she married George Rodney (1753–1802), the son of Admiral George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney. Another daughter Martha married George Drummond of Stanmore.[4]

Harley Street in London is named after Thomas.

See also

References

  1. ^ "HARLEY, Hon. Thomas (1730-1804), of Berrington, Herefs. and Hooley House, nr. Croydon, Surr". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Ledbury & District U3A Local History Group". Malvern Gazette. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  3. ^ Historic England. "BERRINGTON HALL AND ADJOINING OUTBUILDINGS (1082564)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Portrait of Lady Rodney [née Anne Harley]". Philadelphia Museum of Art. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir John Barnard
Sir Robert Ladbroke
William Beckford
Sir Richard Glyn, Bt
Member of Parliament for London
1761–1774
With: Sir Richard Glyn, Bt 1761–1768
William Beckford 1761–1770
Sir Robert Ladbroke 1771–1773
Barlow Trecothick 1768–1774
Richard Oliver 1770–1774
Frederick Bull 1773–1774
Succeeded by
Richard Oliver
Frederick Bull
John Sawbridge
George Hayley
Preceded by
Thomas Foley
Sir George Cornewall, Bt
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
1774–1801
With: Sir George Cornewall, Bt 1774–1780
Robert Biddulph 1780–1801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
1801–1802
With: Robert Biddulph
Succeeded by
John Cotterell
Sir George Cornewall, Bt
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Oxford and Mortimer
Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire
1790–1804
Succeeded by
The Lord Rodney
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