PALGRAVE, Thomas (1642-1726), of Norwich and Pulham Market, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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22 Dec. 1703 - 1705

Family and Education

bap. 1 Feb. 1642, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Thomas Palgrave of Norwich by Joan.  m. by 1681, Mary, da. of Robert Howard of Norwich, 2s. d.v.p. 3da.  suc. fa. 1686.1

Offices Held

Freeman, Norwich 1668, sheriff 1699–1700, common councilman by 1703; freeman, Dunwich 1703.2


Although Palgrave, a brewer, had voted for the Whig Sir Edward Ward in the county election in 1702, he was returned on the Tory interest at a by-election for Norwich the following year. Forecast as a likely opponent of the Tack, he in fact voted for it on 28 Nov. 1704. On 19 Dec. he was granted three weeks’ leave of absence. He lost his seat in 1705, coming bottom of the poll after having put up once more as a Tory, and did not stand again for Parliament. In 1721 he was included in the Jacobite Christopher Layer’s list of the ‘loyal gentlemen of Norfolk’, with £400 a year. Palgrave died on 7 Aug. 1726, and was buried at Pulham Market, his family’s home. Among other bequests, he willed £100 for the establishment at Norwich of a charity school to educate poor children ‘according to the liturgy of the Church of England’.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: D. W. Hayton


  • 1. C. J. Palmer and S. Tucker, Palgrave Fam. Mems. 35–36, 53–54, 148–9; Blomefield, Norf. v. 397.
  • 2. Norwich Freemen, 88; H. Le Strange, Norf. Official Lists, 115; Norf. RO, Dean Prideaux’s diary, 2, f. 14; Suff. RO (Ipswich), Dunwich bor. recs. EE6/1144/14.
  • 3. Prideaux’s diary, f. 14; Norf. Rec. Soc. viii. 51; Add. 70075–6, newsletter 28 Dec. 1703; P. S. Fritz, Ministers and Jacobitism 1715–45, p. 145; Palmer and Tucker, 148–9.