WINNINGTON, Sir Thomas Edward, 3rd Bt. (1780-1839), of Stanford Court, Worcs.
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Family and Education
b. 1780, 1st s. of Edward Winnington*. educ. Eton 1793; Christ Church, Oxf. 6 Feb. 1798, aged 18. m. 11 Nov. 1810, Joanna, da. of John Taylor of Moseley Hall, 3s. 4da. suc. fa. as 3rd Bt. 9 Jan. 1805.
Sheriff, Worcs. 1806-7.
Winnington sat for Droitwich on the interest of his first cousin the 3rd Baron Foley. He had not been chosen on his father’s death, but Lord Foley’s other cousin Thomas Foley, who had, came in for Herefordshire in 1807 and he supplied the vacancy. Like his father and the Foleys he supported the Whig opposition, but he was not steady in attendance. His first known minority votes showed his sympathy for Irish Catholic relief, 11 and 30 May 1808; he went on to support it on 24 Apr. 1812 and throughout 1813. He was in three minorities against the Duke of York’s conduct, 15-17 Mar. 1809, and voted against Perceval’s ministry on the address and Scheldt questions, 23, 26 Jan., 30 Mar. 1810. The Whigs classed him as a firm adherent. He voted for reform on Brand’s motion, 21 May 1810. He opposed ministers on the Regency question, 29 Nov. 1810 and 1 Jan. 1811, but could not be mustered on 21 Jan. His next known vote was for Turton’s censure motion, 27 Feb. 1812; he also opposed the orders in council on 3 Mar. and voted for sinecure regulation on 4 May.
Winnington, a defaulter on 24 Feb. 1813, joined Brooks’s Club on 10 Mar., but voted only on Catholic relief that session. He opposed the blockade of Norway, 12 May 1814, and the transfer of Genoa, 27 Apr. 1815. Like Thomas Foley, he opposed the continuation of the property tax and the renewal of hostilities with Buonaparte, 19, 28 Apr., 25, 26 May 1815. He was in the minorities critical of the Regent’s expenditure, 31 May 1815, and of the army estimates, 28 Feb. 1816. Before vacating his seat he paired against the property tax, 18 Mar. 1816. He made way for another cousin of Lord Foley’s and did not seek re-election until 1820, when he came in for the county. He died 24 Sept. 1839.