COSTER, Thomas (1684-1739), of Bristol, Glos.
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b. 20 Dec. 1684, 1st s. of John Coster of Bristol by his w. Mary.1 m. (1) in 1720, Jane, da. of Thomas Rous of North Nibley, Glos., 1da.2; (2) Astrea, da. of Sir John Smith, 2nd Bt., of Long Ashton, Som., s.p. suc. fa. 1718.
Thomas Coster inherited from his father, a Bristol industrialist, the Upper Redbrook copper works at Bristol, together with copper and tin mining interests in Cornwall.3 Returned as a Tory for Bristol in 1734 after a violent contest, he spoke against a motion for taking off the duties on Irish yarn,4 24 Mar. 1735; presented a petition against Spanish depredations on behalf of the society of merchant venturers of Bristol, 3 Mar. 1738; spoke in support of a bill for securing the trade to America, 15 May 1738; and voted against the Spanish convention 1739. He died 30 Sept. 1739 leaving to his only child, the wife of Robert Hoblyn, a fortune of £40,000.5