John Thornhagh

John Thornhagh (1648–1723), of Fenton and Osberton, Nottinghamshire, was an English Whig politician who sat in the English and British House of Commons between 1689 and 1710.

Thornhagh was baptized on 27 January 1648 at St Mary's Nottingham, the only son of Francis Thornhagh, MP for East Retford and his wife Elizabeth St Andrew, daughter of John St Andrew of Gotham, Nottinghamshire. He succeeded his father in 1648. He was admitted at Jesus College, Cambridge on 1 June 1664.[1] He married Elizabeth Earle, the daughter of Sir Richard Earle, 1st Baronet, of Stragglethorpe, Lincolnshire, on 15 September 1670.[2]

Thornhagh was Commissioner for assessment for Nottinghamshire from 1673 to 1680. In February 1688, he was appointed a Justice of the Peace . He was High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for the year 1688 to 1689 and was a Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire thereafter. At the 1689 English general election, he was elected Member of Parliament for East Retford as a Court candidate. He was moderately active in the Convention, sitting on 21 committees.[2] He was Commissioner for assessment for Nottinghamshire again in 1690 and was returned unopposed at the 1690 English general election. He was returned unopposed at the 1695 English general election and voted for the attainder of Sir John Fenwick on 25 November 1696. At the 1698 English general election, he was returned unopposed for East Retford, but faced a contest in the first general election of 1701. In the second general election of 1701 he stood for Nottinghamshire, where he was defeated, and for East Retford, where he was returned again in a contest. He was returned again for East Retford at the 1702 English general election, but was unseated on petition on 28 November 1702.[3]

Thornhagh was returned as Whig MP for Nottinghamshire at a by-election on 29 March 1704. He was returned again as a Whig at the 1705 English general election and on 25 October 1705 he voted for the Court candidate as Speaker. He continued to follow the Whig line, and on 18 February 1706, voted to support the Court over the ‘place clause’ of the regency bill. At the 1708 British general election he was returned unopposed through an electoral pact with Sir Thomas Willoughby. He voted for the naturalization of the Palatines in 1709 and for the impeachment of Dr Sacheverell in 1710. He faced a contest at the 1710 general election and came bottom of the poll. He did not stand again.[3]

Thornhagh was buried at Sturton, Nottinghamshire, on 17 May 1723. He had three sons and five daughters. He was succeeded by his son St Andrew Thornhagh.


  1. ^ "Thornhagh, John (THRH664J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b "THORNHAUGH, John (1648-1723), of Fenton, Notts". History of Parliament Online (1660-1690). Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "THORNHAGH (THORNHAUGH), John (1648-1723), of Fenton and Osberton, Notts". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715). Retrieved 26 March 2013.
Parliament of England
Preceded by Member of Parliament for East Retford
With: Hon. Evelyn Pierrepont 1689–1690
Richard Taylor 1690–1698
Sir Willoughby Hickman 1698–1701, 1701
Thomas White 1701, 1701–1702
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire
With: Sir Francis Molyneux 1704–1705
Sir Thomas Willoughby 1705–1707
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire
With: Sir Thomas Willoughby
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by
John Dand
High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire
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