MYDDELTON (MIDDLETON), Sir Thomas, 2nd Bt. (1651-84), of Chirk Castle, Denb.
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Family and Education
b. bef. 3 Dec. 1651, 1st s. of Thomas Myddelton by his 1st w.; bro. of Sir Richard Myddelton, 3rd Bt. educ. Christ Church, Oxf. 1668; travelled abroad (France and Italy) c.1671. m. (1) 6 Feb. 1673, Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Sir Thomas Wilbraham, 3rd Bt. of Woodhey, Cheshire, 1s. d.v.p.; (2) c. Oct. 1677 (with £8,000), Charlotte, da. of Sir Orlando Bridgeman, 1st Bt., of Great Lever, Lancs., wid. of George Cradock of Caverswall Castle, Staffs., 4s. d.v.p. 1da. suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 13 July 1663, gdfa. 1666.1
Commr. for assessment, Denb. 1673-80, Merion, 1679-80; j.p. and custos rot. Denb. 1673-d., dep. lt. 1674-d.; freeman, Denbigh 1675, common councilman 1676-d., alderman 1677-8; j.p. Flints. by 1680-d.; alderman, Ruthin 1681-2.2
Myddelton was eager to enter Parliament at the first opportunity, beginning to canvass support in December 1675 in anticipation of an early dissolution. He was returned for the county at both elections of 1679, and marked ‘doubtful’ on Shaftesbury’s list. In the first Exclusion Parliament he was appointed to the committees for four bills, those for the better discovery of Popish recusants, for regulating parliamentary elections, for ensuring that members of Convocation took the oaths, and for continuing the prohibition on Irish cattle. He was absent from the division on the exclusion bill. In the second Exclusion Parliament, he probably served on the committee to inquire into the conduct of Sir Robert Peyton. He may have come to oppose exclusion, for he did not stand in 1681, when the seat was unsuccessfully contested by his brother. He died on 5 Feb. 1684, aged 32, and was buried at Chirk. His epitaph ascribes to him an excellent disposition, a liberal education, and purity of manners. With a portion of £20,000, his daughter married first the 6th Earl of Warwick, and secondly Addison, the essayist and statesman.3