WHITHED, Richard (c.1660-93), of Norman Court, West Tytherley, Hants.
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Family and Education
b. c.1660, o. s. of Henry Whithed† of East Dean, Hants and Norman Court by his 1st w. Sarah, da. of Richard Norton† of Southwick, Hants. educ. St. Catharine’s, Camb. 1677; I. Temple 1678. m. 3 Mar. 1684, Anne, da. of Sir Anthony Keck* of Bell Yard, Chancery Lane, Westminster, 2s. 1da. suc. fa. 1684.1
Freeman, Lymington 1683.
Whithed, who had inherited substantial estates in Hampshire from his father and had twice unsuccessfully contested Lymington in 1680, represented Stockbridge in the 1689 Convention as a Whig. He was successful again for Stockbridge in 1690, when he was classed as a Whig by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†). On 16 Dec. he acted as a teller in favour of a motion that Thomas Trenchard, a fellow Whig, had been duly elected for Dorchester. On 8 Feb. 1693 Whithed supported the interest of the 1st Duke of Bolton (Charles Powlett†), the great Whig magnate in Hampshire, by speaking against the committal of a bill to increase and preserve timber in the New Forest, of which the Duke was warden. He died of smallpox a little more than a month later, on 17 Mar. After the death of his son Richard in 1732, the family estates went to his daughter’s son, Francis Thistlethwayte†, who assumed the name of Whithed and was elected for Hampshire in 1747.2