FANE, Hon. Thomas (1760-1807), of Brympton, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1784 - Mar. 1806

Family and Education

b. 6 July 1760, 2nd s. of John Fane, 9th Earl of Westmorland, by 1st w. Augusta, da. of Lord Montagu Bertie, 3rd s. of Robert, 1st Duke of Ancaster. educ. Westminster 1772-4. m. 27 July 1789, Ann, da. of Richard Lowe of Locko House, Derbys., 2s.

Offices Held

Ensign, 61 Ft. 1775; lt. 1 Ft. 1778; capt. 2 Ft. 1779, maj. 1783, capt. and lt.-col. 1783; ret. 1793; lt.-col. commdt. Yeovil vols. 1803, col. 1804.

Groom of bedchamber Feb. 1793-d.


Fane had voted with Pitt during the Regency crisis (1788-9). His brother Lord Westmorland had ‘omitted giving him a valuable office’ in Ireland on becoming viceroy in 1789 in the expectation that Pitt would provide for him. On 30 Apr. 1790 Westmorland reminded Pitt of his ‘anxiety upon the subject’, asking for ‘some situation either at or before the dissolution of Parliament’. Fane had to wait until 1793 when he obtained a Household place, retiring from the army. His support of successive administrations was silent. He was listed hostile to the repeal of the Test Act in Scotland in 1791. He voted for Pitt’s assessed taxes, 4 Jan. 1798, and on 8 Apr. 1805 against the censure on Melville. He vacated in March 1806 to let in his nephew Lord Burghersh. Fane died 15 Apr. 1807.

Kent AO, Stanhope mss 731/1.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne