THORNTON, Isaac (1615-69), of Snailwell, Cambs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

b. 27 Feb. 1615, 5th s. of Sir Roger Thornton (d.1631) of Soham, Cambs. by his 1st w. Lucy, da. and coh. of Thomas Turner of Blunt’s Hall, Little Wratting, Suff. educ. Corpus, Camb. 1631; L. Inn 1632, called 1640. m. Dorothy, at least 2s. 1da. Kntd. 19 Mar. 1661.1

Offices Held

J.p. Cambs. July 1660-d.; commr. for sewers, Norf. and Wisbech Aug. 1660, assessment, Cambs. Aug. 1660-d.; loyal and indigent officers 1662, corporations 1662-3.2


Thornton’s pedigree can be traced with certainty only from Elizabethan times. His eldest brother Samuel compounded for his delinquency on the Oxford articles in 1646, but nothing is known of Thornton’s attitude to the Civil War, though he was probably a royalist sympathizer. In 1654 he acquired a ‘capital messuage’ at Snailwell from another brother Roger, possibly with the help of Edward Benlowes, a minor poet with whom he seems to have been living at the time. By 1658 he had control of the manor.