LASCELLES, Thomas (1624-97), of Mount Grace Priory, East Harlsey, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1689 - c. Nov. 1697

Family and Education

bap. 5 Aug. 1624, 4th s. of William Lascelles alias Jackson of Stank Hall by Elizabeth, da. of Robert Wadeson of Yafforth, Yorks.; bro. of Francis Lascelles†.  m. Ruth, 3s. (1 d.v.p.) 4da. (1 d.v.p.).1

Offices Held

Capt. of ft. (parliamentary) 1644–at least 1652.

Bailiff, Northallerton by 1679–c.1685.

Housekeeper, Excise Office 1693–d.2


Lascelles had a significant electoral interest at Northallerton, where he owned many of the burgages. A Dissenter, and possibly a Whig collaborator during the reign of James II, he was returned unopposed in March 1690, when he was classed as a Whig by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†). In April 1691 Robert Harley* listed Lascelles as a Court supporter. However, Lascelles was not an active Member. In May 1693 he was appointed housekeeper to the Excise Office at a salary of £200 p.a., and thereafter was noted as a placeman in several parliamentary lists. Before the 1695 election, Carmarthen (now Duke of Leeds) pressed the archbishop of York and the bishop of Durham, who was lord of the manor at Northallerton, to ‘agree upon another in the room of Mr Lascelles’ as candidate for the election, on the grounds that ‘the Dissenters are neither sparing of their money nor their power to secure their elections’. However, Lascelles was returned unopposed. In January 1696 he was forecast as likely to support the Court in the divisions over the proposed council of trade, and he signed the Association promptly. He died in 1697, and was buried at Northallerton on 4 Nov. In April 1699 an Act was passed appointing trustees to sell his estates in order to clear his debts.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Eveline Cruickshanks / Ivar McGrath


  • 1. T. D. Whitaker, Loidis and Elmete, 168–9; Bean, Six Northern Counties, 959; Yorks. Arch. Jnl. vii. 481.
  • 2. Cal. Treas. Bks. x. 182, 527–8; xiii. 158.
  • 3. Glos. RO, Sharp mss 4/K27, Leeds to abp. of York, 10 Sept. 1695; Add. 70018, ff. 94–95; CSP Dom. 1697, pp. 464–5.