Thomas Brodrick (1654–1730)

Thomas Brodrick (4 August 1654 – 3 October 1730) was an Irish and British politician who sat in the Irish House of Commons between 1692 and 1727 and also in the British House of Commons from 1713 to 1727. He owned lands in both Surrey in England, and County Cork, Ireland.

LifeEdit

Brodrick was the eldest son of Sir St John Brodrick of Ballyannan, Midleton, County Cork and his wife Alice Clayton, daughter of Laurence Clayton of Mallow, County Cork. He was admitted at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and also at Middle Temple in 1670. He received an LLB in 1677.[1] He inherited lands at Wandsworth in 1680, and received a settlement of some of the family's Irish lands upon marrying.[1]

Brodrick sat in the Irish House of Commons for Midleton from 1692 to 1693, for County Cork from 1695 to 1699 and again from 1703 to 1713, and for Midleton again from 1715 to 1727.[2] He was appointed to the Irish Privy Council in 1695, removed by the Tory administration in 1711 but reappointed in 1714.[1]

Brodrick lived more in England than Ireland in his adult years.[1] He had contacts with Whig politicians in England and was appointed Comptroller of the Salt in 1706, and joint comptroller of army accounts from 1708 to 1711. He was elected as Member of Parliament for Stockbridge at the 1713 general election and again at the 1715 general election. At the 1722 general election, he was elected as MP for Guildford.[1] He did not stand in the 1727 general election.[3][4] Dean Jonathan Swift referred to him in connection with his political activities at least twice in his writings.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Brodrick died on 3 October 1730 at the family estate at Wandsworth, and was buried there.[1] He was brother of Alan Brodrick, 1st Viscount Midleton. He married Anne Piggott, daughter of Alexander Piggott of Innishannon[3] and they had one son, Laurence, who was appointed Register of Deeds and Conveyances in Ireland in 1735.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Brodrick, Thomas (BRDK670T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ "Leigh Rayment's Irish House of Commons". Archived from the original on 25 March 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2020.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ a b "BRODRICK, Thomas (1654-1730), of Wandsworth, Surr. and Ballyannan, Midleton, co. Cork". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715). Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ "BRODRICK, Thomas (1654-1730), of Wandsworth, Surr". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  5. ^ Collins, Arthur; Brydges, Sir Egerton (20 May 2017). "Collins's Peerage of England; Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical". F. C. and J. Rivington, Otridge and son – via Google Books.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Midleton
1692–1695
With: Henry Petty
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Cork County
1695–1713
With: Sir St John Brodrick 1695–1703
Sir John Perceval 1703–1713
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Midleton
1715–1727
With: Edward Corker
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Stockbridge
17131722
With: Richard Steele 1713
The Earl of Barrymore 1714
Martin Bladen 1715
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Guildford
17221727
With: Arthur Onslow
Succeeded by