HATTON, Sir Thomas, 2nd Bt. (1637-82), of Long Stanton, Cambs.
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Family and Education
b. June 1637, 1st s. of Sir Thomas Hatton, 1st Bt.†, of Long Stanton, and Gray’s Inn, London by Mary, da. of Sir Giles Alington of Horseheath. m. c.1659, Bridget, da. of Sir William Goring, 1st Bt.†, of Burton, Suss., 2s. 4da. suc. fa. 23 Sept. 1658.1
J.p. Cambs. July 1660-d., commr. for assessment Aug. 1660-80; sheriff, Cambs. and Hunts. 1662-3; commr. for corporations, Cambs. 1662-3, pontage, Cambridge 1663, 1673, recusants, Cambs. 1675, dep. lt. 1681-d.2
Hatton’s grandfather was the first of the family to reside at Long Stanton. His father, a younger brother of the 1st Lord Hatton, was imprisoned at Cambridge as a Royalist from the outset of the Civil War. He paid no taxes to the county committee except under compulsion and steadfastly refused to take the Covenant, but he could not be fined or sequestrated, and he was certainly not short of money during the Interregnum. Hatton crossed over to Flushing on the eve of the Restoration with Sir Richard Mauleverer, but apparently returned empty-handed from the exiled Court. Little is known of him till 1674, when he narrowly defeated Gerard Russell in a three-cornered contest for the county. He was expected, under the influence of (Sir) Thomas Chicheley, to support the Court. In 1676, however, Sir Richard Wiseman noted that Hatton had ‘voted ill last session’; but he had ‘good hopes’ of him. These hopes were fully justified, for next year Shaftesbury marked him ‘doubly vile’, and in A Seasonable Argument he was attacked as ‘a man of no estate but his pension’. No pension, however, can be traced, and Long Stanton remained in the family till the baronetcy became extinct in 1812. His name appeared on both lists of the court party in 1678. But he was appointed to only seven committees in the Cavalier Parliament, none of which was of any political importance, and was sent for as a defaulter in December. He was buried at Long Stanton on 19 Apr. 1682, the last of his family to sit in Parliament.3