GORE, Thomas (?1694-1777), of the Inner Temple, London, and Dunstan Park, Berks.
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Family and Education
b. ?1694, 3rd s. of Sir William Gore; bro. of John and William Gore. educ. I. Temple 1711; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 4 June 1714, aged 19. m. 15 Sept. 1748, Mary, da. of Sir William Humfreys, 1st Bt., of London, sis. and coh. of Sir Orlando Humfreys, 2nd Bt., wid. of (i) William Ball Waring, and (ii) John Honywood.
Muster-master gen. 1746-d.
After unsuccessfully contesting Cricklade in 1721, Gore was returned for it in 1722 as a Tory on the interest of his elder brother, William. Defeated at Cricklade in 1727, he was returned at Amersham on the Drake interest in 1735. Speaking on the gin bill in 17361 and on the quartering of troops in 1741, he was among the Tories who voted against the motion for Walpole’s removal in February 1741.2 After Walpole’s fall he continued in opposition, signing the opposition whip of November 1743. He went over to the Administration as one of Lord Gower’s followers at the end of 1744, spoke in favour of the vote of credit in March 1745, heartily supported the address of thanks on the Hessians in December,3 and in 1746 was rewarded with a place. At the ensuing by-election his Amersham seat was taken by William Drake, but he was accommodated with a government seat at Portsmouth. He was re-elected in 1747 but chose to sit for Bedford where he had also been returned on the Duke of Bedford’s interest.
He died 17 Mar. 1777.