Thomas Hatcher

Thomas Hatcher (c. 1589 – 1677) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1624 and 1659. He fought on the Parliamentary side during the English Civil War.

Hatcher was the son of Sir John Hatcher of Careby, Lincolnshire and his wife Anne Crewes, daughter of James Crewes of Fotheringay, Northamptonshire. He was a student of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1603 and of Lincoln's Inn in 1607.[1] He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Lincoln in 1624. In 1628 he was elected MP for Grantham and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without Parliament for eleven years.[1]

In April 1640, Hatcher was elected MP for Stamford in the Short Parliament and was re-elected MP for Stamford for the Long Parliament in November 1640.[1] He was one of the commissioners to Scotland in 1643, and was present at the Battle of Marston Moor and siege of York in 1644. He eventually reached the rank of Colonel. He was one of the members excluded from Parliament in Pride's Purge as being considered too moderate.

In 1654 Hatcher was elected MP for Lincolnshire in the First Protectorate Parliament. He was elected again in 1656 for the Second Protectorate Parliament and in 1659 for the Third Protectorate Parliament.[1]

Hatcher married Katherine Ayscough, daughter of William Ayscough of South Kelsey, Lincolnshire on 14 October 1617. He had a son John and a daughter.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Lewis Watson, Bt
Sir Edward Ayscough
Member of Parliament for Lincoln
With: Sir Lewis Watson, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Grantham
Sir John Monson
Preceded by
John Wingfield
Edward Stirmin
Member of Parliament for Grantham
With: Alexander Moor
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Stamford
With: Thomas Hatton 1640
Geoffrey Palmer 1640–1642
John Weaver 1645–1648
Succeeded by
John Weaver
Preceded by
Sir William Brownlow
Richard Cust
Barnaby Bowtel
Humphrey Walcot
William Thompson
Member of Parliament for Lincolnshire
With: Edward Rossiter 1654–1659
Thomas Hall 1654–1656
Thomas Lister 1654–1656
Charles Hall 1654–1656
Captain Francis Fiennes 1654–1656
William Woolley 1654–1656
William Savile 1654–1656
William Welby 1654–1656
(Sir) John Wray 1654
Sir Charles Hussey 1656
Succeeded by
Not represented in Restored Rump