CHAFIN (CHAFFIN), Thomas I (1650-91), of Chettle, Dorset

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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Mar. 1679 - Mar. 1681
1685 - 1687
9 Dec. 1689 - 1690
1690 - 17 Jan. 1691

Family and Education

b. 15 July 1650, 2nd surv. s. of Thomas Chafin of Chettle by his 2nd w. Amphillis, da. of Laurence Hyde† of Heale, Wilts. and coh. to her gt.-gdfa. Richard White of Alton, Hants.  educ. Magdalen Hall, Oxf. 1666.  m. 23 Jan. 1674, Anne, da. of John Penruddock of Compton Chamberlayne, Wilts., 5s. (2 d.v.p.) 6da.  suc. bro. 1660.1

Offices Held

Freeman, Poole 1679, Salisbury 1683–4, Oct. 1688–?d.2

Commr. drowned lands 1690.3


Returned for the venal borough of Hindon in 1690, Chafin was classified by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†) as a Tory and probable supporter of the Court. Nothing else is known about his brief parliamentary career in this period, apart from a posthumous appearance, as a courtier, in Robert Harley’s* analysis of the House in April 1691, Chafin having died on 17 Jan.

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Hutchins, Dorset, iii. 565, 570; VCH Hants, ii. 477; Hoare, Wilts. Salisbury, 478, 480, 487.
  • 2. Hoare, 478; Dorset RO, Poole Archs. B17.
  • 3. Cal. Treas. Bks. ix. 794.