|Notes for Thomas Powys Lord Lilford|
|Martin P-L writes:|
1755-9 at Eton.
1760 admitted as fellow-commoner to King's Cambridge.
1768-9 High Sheriff of Northants
1770 sold Henley Hall to Ralph Knight, who reconstructed the house.
1772 married Eleanor Mann, dau. of Galfridus Mann of Kent.
1774-96 MP for Northants. He was an effective and frequent speaker in the Commons. Independent and strong minded, he opposed the war against America and, though twice offered a ministry, he preferred to keep his independence. More than anyone, he supported Rockingham. Though he was generally in favour of Pitt, he thought he should have resigned after being defeated in the Commons over the India Bill, and from then on he opposed him. Eventually, however, he joined the government side and received a peerage for his long and distinguished service.
There is a long account of his parliamentary career in the official History of Parl., by Nannier & Brooke.
His integrity is attested by Sir N. Wraxall in his Memoirs, vol ii, p.217.
He and Eleanor had five sons, six daughters. The fifth son, the Hon. Henry Powys, rose to Captain in the 83rd Regiment of Foot, served under Wellington in the Peninsular, and was mentioned in his despatches.
He was wounded in the attack of Picuzina and died of wounds at Badajoz in 1812.
Another son, Charles, was in the Royal Navy and died of yellow fever at Jamaica in 1804.
|Last Modified 23 Nov 2010||Created 9 Dec 2011 By Tim Powys-Lybbe|