NEWPORT, Hon. Thomas (?1655-1719), of Brigstock Park, Northants.
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Family and Education
b. ?1655, 5th s. of Francis Newport, M.P., 1st Earl of Bradford, by Diana, da. of Francis Russell, M.P., 4th Earl of Bedford; uncle of Henry, Lord Newport. educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. 21 May 1672, aged 17; I. Temple, called 1678. m. (1) Lucy (d.1696), da. of Sir Edward Atkyns, ld. chief baron of the Exchequer, s.p.; (2) 22 July 1700, Penelope (d.1705), da. of Sir Orlando Bridgeman, 1st Bt., of Ridley, Cheshire, s.p.; (3) Anne, da. of Sir Robert Pierrepont of Nottingham, s.p. suc. uncle Andrew Newport, M.P., of Shrewsbury 1699, cr. Baron Torrington 20 June 1716.
Commr. of customs Nov. 1699-Jan. 1712; ld. of Treasury 1715-18; P.C. 30 Mar. 1717; teller of the Exchequer Mar. 1718-d.
Thomas Newport was brought in for Much Wenlock in 1715 on the interest of his brother, Lord Bradford, in succession to another brother. Appointed a lord of the Treasury, he spoke and voted for the septennial bill.1 Raised to the peerage in 1716, he was mentioned as a possible successor to James Stanhope as first lord of the Treasury,2 but in the end he was appointed a teller of the Exchequer. He died 27 May 1719, leaving a fine collection of paintings to his brother, Lord Bradford.