HEBBLETHWAITE, Thomas (1628-68), of Norton, nr. Malton, Yorks.
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Family and Education
bap. 19 June 1628, o.s. of James Hebblethwaite of Norton by 1st w. Anne, da. of Thomas Hungate of North Dalton. educ. Coxwold g.s.; St. John’s, Camb. 1646; M. Temple 1647. m. Barbara, da. of Sir George Marwood, 1st Bt., of Little Busby, 5s. (1 d.v.p.) 6da. suc. fa. 1653; kntd. 9 June 1660.1
Commr. for militia, Yorks. Mar. 1660; j.p. (East and North Ridings) July 1660-d.; commr. for sewers (East Riding) Sept. 1660, assessment (E. Riding) Aug. 1660-d., (N. Riding) 1661-3, corporations, Yorks. 1662-3.2
Hebblethwaite’s family came from Sedbergh, but had held the manor of Norton, adjoining Malton, since Elizabethan times. His grandfather was elected for the borough when its representation was restored in 1641. A passive Royalist, he was fined £500 for defection from the Long Parliament. His father seems to have taken no part in the Civil War. Hebblethwaite himself was returned for Malton in 1660. Lord Wharton noted that he was abroad, which probably means that he had joined the exiled Court, and he was knighted soon after the Restoration. Though doubtless a court supporter, he was not an active Member of the Convention, receiving leave to go into the country on 13 Aug. He returned after the recess, however, and was appointed to the committee on the bill for draining the great level of the fens.3
Hebblethwaite was re-elected in 1661. There was a contest for the junior seat, but his own return was not disputed. He was appointed to the committee for the uniformity bill, and served regularly on the committee of elections and privileges. But he was again an inactive Member of the Cavalier Parliament, in which his committee appointments totalled only 16. He soon joined the Opposition, being named to the committee on the bill to restrain abuses in the sale of offices in 1663. In 1665 he helped to consider the bill for maintaining Bridlington pier. On 29 Dec. 1666 he was teller for the successful adjournment motion which thwarted the government attempt to rush supply through a thin House. He was among those appointed to consider the estate bill promoted by his neighbour William Palmes in the autumn session of 1667, and to take the accounts of the loyal and indigent officers fund during the Christmas recess. His own estate bill, to enable him to make provision for his large family, was read on 28 Feb. 1668, and the committee was instructed to ensure that the consent of Sir George and Lady Marwood had been obtained. On 13 Mar. Sir Thomas Gower reported that the committee found no cause to make any alterations to the bill, and it passed the Commons three days later. The Lords saw fit to delete one proviso, and on 15 Apr. the Commons concurred. This was Hebblethwaite’s last session, for he was buried at Norton on 21 June.4