GEERS, Thomas (c.1697-1753), of Bridge Sollers, nr. Hereford, and Glasshampton, Worcs.
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Family and Education
b. c.1697, 1st s. of Timothy Geers of Bridge Sollers by Mercy, da. of Henry Winford of Glasshampton, Worcs. educ. L. Inn 1719, called 1722. m. Apr. 1731, Sarah, 3rd da. and coh. of Thomas Lutwyche of Lutwyche Hall, Salop, 2da. suc. 1731 on his marriage to estates of his uncle, Sir Thomas Cookes Winford, 2nd Bt., M.P., taking the name of Winford. suc. fa. 1750.
Town clerk, Worcester c.1745-d.
Geers’s grandfather was a successful lawyer who sat for Hereford 1685-7. His father was one of the local gentry who successfully resisted the attempt of the Duke of Chandos and the Foleys to gain control of the borough in 1722. Returned as a Tory for Hereford on a compromise in 1727, he did not stand again till 1741, when he was returned jointly with his cousin, Edward Hopton. In 1747 he was successful for Worcester but unseated on petition. He spoke occasionally1 and voted consistently with the Opposition. On 4 Feb. 1730 he moved unsuccessfully that Dr. Samuel Croxall be thanked for his sermon preached on 30 Jan., the anniversary of Charles I’s execution, on the text ‘take the wicked [i.e. Walpole] from before the King and His throne shall be established as righteousness’.2 He died 23 May 1753.