HUSSEY, Sir Thomas, 2nd Bt. (1639-1706), of Honington and Doddington, Lincs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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Constituency

Dates

Mar. 1681
1685 - 1687
1689 - 1698

Family and Education

bap. 14 Jan. 1639, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Thomas Hussey† of Honington, by Rhoda, da. and coh. of Thomas Chapman of Soper Lane, London.  educ. Wormley, Herts. (Mr Lovelace); Christ’s, Camb. 1655, MA 1656.  m. 21 Feb. 1661, Sarah (d. 1697), da. of Sir John Langham, 1st Bt.†, of Crosby Place, Bishopsgate, London and Cottesbrooke, Northants., 6s. d.v.p. 4da. (1 d.v.p.)  suc. fa. bef. 1641; gdfa. as 2nd Bt. 22 Mar. 1648.1

Offices Held

Freeman, Lincoln 1664; sheriff, Lincs. 1668–9.2

Biography

One of the most reluctant of the Lincolnshire Tories to rally to William III at the Revolution, Hussey was classed as ‘doubtful’ by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†) at the outset of the 1690 Parliament. He was active in the first session, telling on 13 May in favour of reading a proviso for the bill for encouraging the manufacture of white paper. His interest in issues of a commercial kind was also apparent when he was first-named to the committee on the bill to discourage imports of thrown silk. Such preoccupations may be attributed to his wife’s metropolitan links, as well as to the City property which he had inherited from his maternal grandfather. He continued to immerse himself in mercantile affairs in the next session, when he was the first nominee for a committee on the petition of vinegar-makers in the London area (27 Oct. 1690), and was also named to the draft