HESILRIGE, Sir Thomas, 4th Bt. (1664-1700), of Noseley Hall, Leics.
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Family and Education
b. 1664, s. of Sir Thomas Hesilrige, 3rd Bt., by his 1st w. Elizabeth (d. 1673), da. and coh. of George Fenwick of Brunton Hall, Northumb. educ. Clare, Camb. 1682. unm. suc. fa. as 4th Bt. 24 Feb. 1680.1
Sheriff, Leics. 1686–7.
Hesilrige came of an old Leicestershire family which had been established in the county since the late 14th century. His grandfather was Sir Arthur Hesilrige, 2nd Bt.†, who had emerged during the Civil War period as a leading ‘Commonwealthsman’. As a young man Hesilrige showed himself to be a strong Churchman by giving negative answers to King James’s ‘three questions’, and in consequence was omitted from the Leicestershire commission of the peace in February 1688. He was returned for his county in 1690, apparently unopposed, and was listed by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†) as a Whig. Apart from his nomination to various committees, there is little sign that Hesilrige’s involvement in Commons proceedings was anything more than slight. In about April 1691 Robert Harley* listed him as a Country supporter, though on 15 Nov. 1692 he in fact seconded Sir Scrope Howe’s* motion for a supply, the only occasion he is known t