TOWNSHEND, Hon. Thomas (1701-80), of Frognal, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1 Nov. 1722 - 1727

Family and Education

b. 2 June 1701, 2nd s. of Charles, 2nd Visct. Townshend, and bro. of Hon. Charles, William and Roger Townshend. educ. Eton 1718; King’s, Camb. 1720; L. Inn 1720. m. 2 May 1730, Albinia (d. 7 Sept. 1739), da. of John Selwyn of Matson, Glos., 3s. 2da.

Offices Held

Under-sec. of state to his fa. 1724-30; teller of the Exchequer 1727-d. ; sec. to ld. lt. [I] 1739-45.


Son of Walpole’s brother-in-law and nephew of the Pelhams, Thomas Townshend served as private secretary and under-secretary to his father, who procured him a life sinecure worth at the time of his death nearly £7,000 a year.1 After sitting for Winchelse