BRAND, Thomas (c.1717-70), of The Hoo, Kimpton, Herts.
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Family and Education
b. c.1717, o.s. of Thomas Brand by Margaret, da. of John Nichol of Chipping Barnet, Herts. educ. Eton 1728; prob. Queens’, Camb. 1735; Grand Tour 1739-41.1 m. 9 Jan. 1749, Lady Caroline Pierrepont, da. of Evelyn, 1st Duke of Kingston, 1s. 2da. suc. fa. 1718.
Brand was returned unopposed for New Shoreham on the interest of John Phillipson.2 Voting consistently with the Administration, he was classed as ‘Pelham’ in the Cockpit list of 1742, and as an Old Whig in 1746. In 1747 he was returned for Tavistock by his friend, the Duke of Bedford, with whom he became still more closely connected by his marriage to Lady Caroline Pierrepont, whose niece was Bedford’s wife. Following Bedford into opposition in 1751 he was classed as Opposition in 1754. Their connexion continued until Brand’s death, 22 or 23 Aug. 1770.3