PYE, Thomas (c.1713-85).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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9 Mar. 1771 - 1774

Family and Education

b. c.1713, 2nd s. of Henry Pye of Faringdon, Berks., and bro. of Henry Pye.  m. his w. d.s.p. 15 Mar. 1764.  Kntd. 24 June 1773.

Offices Held

Entered R.N. 1727; lt. 1735; capt. 1741, r.-adm. 1758; v.-adm. 1762; c.-in-c. Leeward Is. 1766-70; c.-in-c. Portsmouth 1770-3, 1777-83; adm. 1773.


On 25 Feb. 1771 Lord Sandwich, first lord of the Admiralty, wrote to John Robinson:1

When I saw you last I forgot to talk to you about the borough of Rochester ... I think you may on very reasonable terms get a bad man out and a good man in his room into Parliament.

When William Gordon took the Chiltern Hundreds, Pye stood as Government candidate and was returned after a contest. Naturally he voted with Government, even on Grenville’s Election Act, 25 Feb. 1774; but appears never to have spoken in the House. He was defeated at Rochester at the general election of 1774. Philip Stephens, secretary to the Admiralty, wrote to Lord Hardwicke, 7 Nov. 1774:2

With respect to Rochester I may fairly say, they are a set of ungrateful rascals, but indeed they had conceived an utter aversion to our Admiral Sir Thomas Pye, and I find they would have taken anybody who offered himself in preference to him.

Pye’s correspondence with Sandwich is purely naval; there are many references to him in the letters of George III, but as commander-in-chief Portsmouth, not as M.P.