Thomas Willoughby, 4th Baron Middleton

Thomas Willoughby, 4th Baron Middleton (19 December 1728 – 2 November 1781), was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1762 to 1774, when he succeeded to the peerage as Baron Middleton.

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham

Willoughby was the second son of Francis Willoughby, 2nd Baron Middleton.[1] He was educated at Bury St Edmund's School, and entered Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1745.[2]

Willoughby was returned unopposed as Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire at a by-election on 13 December 1762. He was returned unopposed again at the general elections of 1768 and 1774.

When his brother died on 16 December 1774 he succeeded to the Barony and was called to the House of Lords.[3]

He married Georgina, daughter of Evelyn Chadwick of West Leake, Nottinghamshire, in 1770 and lived in the family seat at Wollaton Park, Nottinghamshire. They had no children[4] and was succeeded in the barony and estates by his cousin, Henry Willoughby, 5th Baron Middleton.


  1. ^ "4th Baron Middleton Bio". Retrieved 2 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Willoughby, Thomas (WLHY745T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ "WILLOUGHBY, Hon. Thomas (1728–81), of West Leake, Notts". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Willoughby pedigree 3". Retrieved 3 January 2006.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire
With: John Thornhagh 1762–1774
Earl of Lincoln 1774
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by High Steward of Sutton Coldfield
Succeeded by
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by Baron Middleton
Succeeded by