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Edward Thompson (26 February 1697 – 5 July 1742) was a prominent Yorkshire politician of the early 18th century.

Life[]

Thompson was the son of Edward Thompson of Long Marston (1670–1734) and Lucy Tindall, and the grandson of Henry Thompson, a wine merchant of York who established the prominence of the Thompson family. His sister, Henrietta, married Colonel Edward Wolfe and became the mother of James Wolfe.[1] He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield.

In 1722, Thompson was elected Member of Parliament for York, a seat he held for the remainder of his life. Employed as a Commissioner of the Land Revenue in Ireland, he issued a pamphlet justifying the introduction of a general excise there. This, and the pomp with which he carried out his office, aroused the scorn of Jonathan Swift in 1733 in a polemic against holders of civil office.[2] From 1729 until 1733, he was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of York.[3]

Family[]

Thompson first married Arabella Dunch (d. 1734), daughter of Edmund Dunch, on 6 February 1725. By her he had one daughter:[1]

  • Arabella Thompson (d. 28 February 1735).

Thompson separated from Arabella, who later bore two children to her brother-in-law Sir George Oxenden.[4] By his second wife, Mary Moor (d. 1784), he had a second daughter:[1]

  • Mary Thompson (14 September 1738 – 29 June 1747).

On 5 May 1741, he was appointed a Commissioner of the Admiralty, but died the following year.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Foster, Joseph (1874). Pedigrees of the County Families of Yorkshire. London. 
  2. Swift, Jonathan (1733). Advice to the Freemen of the City of Dublin in the choice of a member to represent them in Parliament. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18250/18250-h/18250-h.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-30. 
  3. "Old Grand Lodge at York". http://www.rgle.org.uk/RGLE_Mother_Grand_Lodge_York.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-30. 
  4.  Stephen, Leslie, ed (1888). "Dunch, Edmund". Dictionary of National Biography. 16. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir William Robinson, Bt
Tobias Jenkins
Member of Parliament for York
1722–1742
With: Sir William Milner, Bt 1722–1734
Sir John Lister Kaye, Bt 1734–1741
Godfrey Wentworth 1741–1742
Succeeded by
Godfrey Wentworth
George Fox

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