HEATH, Thomas II (1684-1741), of Mile End Green, Mdx.
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bap. 10 July 1684, 1st. s. of William Heath of Stepney, Mdx. by Jane, da. of Edmund Pike, grocer, of London. m. 19 Jan. 1713[–14], Katherine, da. and coh. of Arthur Bayley, Virginia merchant, of Mile End Green, 2s. 3da.1
Freeman, Harwich 1713.2
Heath’s father, an eminent East India captain whose wealth included £2,000-worth of Bank stock by 1710, became a director of the East India Company in 1713. It was no doubt this paternal influence that encouraged Heath to contest Harwich in that year. He may have stood on the Parker interest, based at nearby Erwarton, since he and Sir Philip Parker, 3rd Bt.†, were on good enough terms in 1717 to make a joint purchase of crown lands at the port. Heath was created a freeman a week before the poll, at