WATERTON, Thomas II (by 1526-75).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Apr. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1526, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of (Sir) Thomas Waterton I of Walton and Sandal, Yorks, by Joan, da. of Sir Richard Tempest of Bracewell and Bowling, Yorks. educ. G. Inn, adm. 1544. m. by 1552, Beatrice, da. and event. coh. of Edward Restwold of The Vache, Bucks., 2s. 3da. suc. fa. 28 July 1558.2

Offices Held

J.p.q. Yorks. (W. Riding) 1561-d.; commr. eccles. causes, province of York 1573.3


It was clearly to his father, who was sheriff of Yorkshire at the time, that Thomas Waterton owed his election for Thirsk to Mary’s second Parliament. The nomination was probably made by the 3rd Earl of Derby, lord of the borough, with whom Waterton could claim a family relationship through the Fleetwoods, and court influence could have been brought to bear through another of his kinsmen by marriage, Sir Edmund Peckham. Waterton’s membership of Gray’s Inn and marriage to Beatrice Restwold of Buckinghamshire may have given him a southern domicile at the time of his election, although after his father’s death he was to appear on the pardon roll of 1559 as of Corringham, Lincolnshire, and Walton, Yorkshire. To judge from his religious outlook in later life he is likely to have welcomed the Marian restoration. He was not to sit in Parliament again until a few years before his death on 5 Nov. 1575.4

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Alan Davidson


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.
  • 2. Date of birth estimated from age at fa.’s i.p.m., C142/116/38. Glover’s Vis. Yorks. ed. Foster, 104-5; Yorks. Arch. Jnl. xxx. 398-404.
  • 3. CPR, 1569-72, p. 224; 1572-5, pp. 168-9.
  • 4. VCH Yorks. (N. Riding), ii. 63; VCH Bucks. ii. 256; iii. 188; Vis. Bucks. (Harl. Soc. lviii), 153; CPR, 1558-60, p. 149; J. T. Cliffe, Yorks. Gentry, 168; C142/173/55.