PARKYNS, Thomas Boothby (1755-1800), of Rookley, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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Constituency

Dates

1784 - 1790
1790 - 17 Nov. 1800

Family and Education

b. 24 July 1755, 1st s. of Sir Thomas Parkyns, 3rd Bt., of Bunny Park, Notts. by 1st w. (his gt.-niece of the half-blood), Jane, da. and h. of Thomas Parkyns of Wymeswould, Leics. educ. Queens’, Camb. 1773. m. 16 Dec. 1783, Elizabeth Anne, da. and h. of Sir William James, 1st Bt., of Park Farm Place, Eltham, Kent, 9ch., 1s. 5da. surv.1 cr. Baron Rancliffe [I] 3 Oct. 1795.

Offices Held

Equerry to Duke of Cumberland 1783-90; maj. 82 Ft., 57 Ft. 1794; lt.-col. Leicester (Prince of Wales’s) fencibles 1794, brevet col. 1794.

Biography

Parkyns, a boon companion of the Prince of Wales and a prominent freemason, owed his candidature at Leicester in 1790 to his brother-in-law Clement Winstanley of Braunston, a local Whig stalwart. Returned after a compromise intended to prevent an all-out contest, he had to hide from ‘the violence of his own friends’.2 He was an inconspicuous Member. He vot