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Thomas Freke (17 January 1660 – 1721), of Hannington, Wiltshire, was an English Whig politician who sat in the English and British House of Commons between 1685 and 1710.

Freke was the eldest son of Thomas Freke of Hinton St. Mary, Dorset and his second wife Elizabeth Clarke, daughter of Sir William Clarke of Ford Place, Wrotham, Kent. He matriculated at Wadham College, Oxford on 19 March 1675, aged 15 and was also admitted at the Middle Temple in 1675.[1] He married Elizabeth Pile, the daughter and coheiress of Thomas Pile of Baverstock, Wiltshire on 10 October 1683. He succeeded his great-uncle to Hannington Hall in 1684.[2]

Freke was returned as Member of Parliament for Cricklade in a double return at the 1685 English general election and was allowed to sit until 10 June 1685 when it was resolved against him. At the 1689 English general election he was defeated in the poll at Cricklade, but was seated on petition on 5 April 1689.[2] He was returned as MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis at a by election on 22 May 1691 and was returned again at the 1698 English general election. He declined to stand in 1701 for various reasons, including the disruption to his domestic life. Later, in 1701, his wife inherited the Shroton estates of another Thomas Freke and he took up residence there. He was undecided where to stand for Parliament again until the 1705 English general election when he was returned unopposed as MP for Lyme Regis. He voted for the Court candidate for Speaker on 25 October 1705. He was returned as a Whig for Lyme Regis in a contest at the 1708 British general election. He voted for the naturalization of the Palatines in 1709 and for the impeachment of Dr Sacheverell in 1710. He retired from Parliament at the 1710 British general election.[3]

Freke's wife, Elizabeth, died in 1714, and he married as his second wife, in December 1718, Mary Corbett. He died without issue in 1721 and the Hannington estate passed to his brother William, the Socinian author.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Foster, Joseph. "Flooke-Fyrmin in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 pp. 510-541". British History Online. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "FREKE, Thomas II (1660-1721), of Hannington, Wilts". History of Parliament Online (1660-1690). Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "FREKE, Thomas II (1660-1721), of Hannington, Wilts". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Charles Fox
Edmund Webb
Member of Parliament for Cricklade
1685
With: Charles Fox
Edmund Webb
Succeeded by
Charles Fox
Edmund Webb
Preceded by
Charles Fox
Edmund Webb
Member of Parliament for Cricklade
1689–1690
With: Charles Fox
Succeeded by
Charles Fox
Edmund Webb
Preceded by
Sir John Morton, Bt
Michael Harvey
Henry Henning
Nicholas Gould
Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis
1691–1700
With: Michael Harvey
Henry Henning 1691-1695
Sir John Morton, Bt 1691-1695
Maurice Ashley 1695-1698
John Knight 1695-1698
Philip Taylor 1698-1700
Arthur Shallett 1698-1700
Succeeded by
The Hon. Henry Thynne
Maurice Ashley
Michael Harvey
Charles Churchill
Preceded by
Henry Henley
John Burridge
Member of Parliament for Lyme regis
1705–1707
With: John Burridge
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Lyme Regis
1707–1710
With: John Burridge
Succeeded by
Henry Henley
John Burridge, junior