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Sir Thomas Felton, 4th Baronet (12 October 1649 – 3 March 1709), of Whitehall, Westminster and Playford, Suffolk, was an English courtier and Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1690 and 1709 .

Playford Hall

Felton was the son of Sir Henry Felton, 2nd Baronet of Playford, Suffolk and his wife Susanna Tollemache, daughter of Sir Lionel Tollemache, 2nd Baronet, of Helmingham.[1]

Felton was a Page of Honour from 1665 to 1671 and became Groom of the Bedchamber in March 1671. He was appointed master of the hawks in 1675. By 1679 he had left the post as Groom to King Charles through unknown circumstances. He had married Lady Elizabeth Howard, one of the daughters and coheirs of James Howard, 3rd Earl of Suffolk but she died in 1681. On the accession of William and Mary in 1689, Felton became Master of the Household.[2]

Felton was returned as Member of Parliament for Orford at the 1690 English general election. He was returned for Orford unopposed at the 1695 English general election. In 1697, he succeeded his elder brother in the baronetcy. By 1698, he had become unpopular. At the 1698 English general election he stood for Suffolk where he was heavily defeated and for Orford again where he was returned in a fierce contest. The result was disputed and he was unseated on petition on 10 February 1700. At the first general election of 1701 he was defeated at Orford, and at the second general election of 1701 he stood instead at Bury St Edmunds on the interest of his son-in-law John Hervey and was returned as MP in a contest. He was returned at Bury St Edmunds in a contest in 1702 and unopposed in 1705. At the 1708 British general election, he was returned again for Bury St Edmunds and was also promoted to Comptroller of the Household to Queen Anne.[2]

The grave of Sir Thomas Felton in the chancel of St Mary's church in Playford

Felton died at his lodgings in Whitehall from gout in the stomach on 3 March 1709.[2] He was buried six days later at St Mary's church Playford, where his gravestone lies in the chancel of in Playford. His daughter Elizabeth married John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ George Edward Cokayne Complete Baronetage, Volume 1 1900
  2. ^ a b c "FELTON, Thomas (1649-1709), of Whitehall, Westminster and Playford, Suff". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Glemham
Sir John Duke
Member of Parliament for Orford
16901701
With: Thomas Glemham 1690-1695
Sir Adam Felton 1695-1697
Sir John Duke 1697-1698
Sir Charles Hedges 1698-1701
Succeeded by
Sir Edmund Bacon
William Johnson
Preceded by
John Hervey
Sir Robert Davers, Bt
Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds
1701–1707
With: Sir Robert Davers, Bt 1701-1705
Aubrey Porter 1705-1707
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Bury ST Edmunds
1707–1709
With: Aubrey Porter
Succeeded by
Aubrey Porter
Joseph Weld