Person NameThornhill; George (1783-1852); MP, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire (1836); of Diddington Hall
TitleMP, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire (1836)
Epithetof Diddington Hall
ActivityGeorge Thornhill (1783-1852) was most notable as the member of his family to have served for the longest time in the House of Commons - doing so as a Conservative from 1837 to 1852 - however during this time he does not appear to have been an active member, with no contributions in parliament recorded. He was however very successful at entrenching his family in the social circles of Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire. He was a political ally of the future 1st Baron de Ramsey, was close to his brother in law John Heathcote of Conington Castle (1767-1838) and his wife's guardian before their marriage was a member of the powerful Montagu family. He enlarged his family's estates through an advantageous marriage, but also allowed the lease on a Cambridgeshire Manor to expire, which may suggest either that he was more interested in lands in Huntingdonshire, or else that he was not as interested in the accumulation of land as his father had been. Though he studied law and was admitted to the Inner Temple, it is unknown if he practiced law.
RelationshipsFather: George Thornhill (1738-1827)
Mother: Mary Anne (d.1830), daughter of Sir Cesar Hawkins, 1st Baronet of Kelston, Somerset
Spouse: Charlotte Mathilda (d.1830), daughter and heiress of Rev. Charles Greene of Offord Darcy (d.1803)
Children: George Thornhill (1811-1875) m. Elizabeth Mary, daughter of Robert H. Wilkinson
Rev. Charles Thornhill (d.1881) m. Margaret (d.1877) daughter of John Woolsey of Priorland
Rev. John Thornhill, Rector of Boxworth m. Catherine, daughter of Robert Wilkinson
Rev. William Thornhill, Rector of Offord Darcy (d.1872), m. Helen Jameson, daughter of John Woolsey of Priorland
Bryan Thornhill m. Sophia Tuke
Henry Jordan Thornhill m. Elizabeth Julia daughter of Major Goldie
Mary Anne Thornhill (d.1899) m. Captain Edmund Packe
Charlotte Mathida Thornhill
Frances Thornhill (d.1878) m. Rev. John Pardoe, Vicar of Leyton
Lydia Ann Thornhill
Georgiana Thornhill m. Rev. Plumer Roper
Everilda Thornhill m. Rev. Alfred Jenner
Linked entries in the catalogue
KAcc148/2/A/94Discharge of Land Tax
KAcc148/2/D/328Land Tax Redemption
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/7/99Correspondence between George Thornhill of Diddington, Huntingdonshire, and J.M. Heathcote of Conington Castle, Huntingdonshire regarding a new Trust Deed
KHINCH/9/C/G/208Letter; George Thornhill, Cheam, to 7th Earl of Sandwich.
KAcc148/1/43Will: (Codicil); George Thornhill of Diddington, Hunts Esq
KAcc148/4/F/181Estate Particulars
KAcc148/2/C/284Memorandum of Agreement
KAcc148/4/F/1828 Share Certificates
KAcc148/2/D/333Leases for 12 years
KAcc148/2/E/534Copy Extract from Lease and Release
KAcc148/5/C/137Letter and reply
KAcc148/4/C/123Estate Valuation
KAcc148/2/F/602Bond to pay £49916 on 5 Dec 1810
KAcc148/1/47Codicils George Thornhill of Diddington, Hunts Esq
KAcc148/4/H/204Offord Estate Plan
KAcc148/2/F/604Fire Insurance Policy No 1611640
KAcc148/4/D/146Rental of Manor of Offord Darcy
KAcc148/4/H/202Thornhill Estate Plan (Inclosure?)
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/14/185Petition in Chancery for Judicial Advice and Direction in the matter of the Trusts of the will of George Thornhill Esq., deceased [2 items]
KAcc148/5/C/128Copy letters
KAcc148/5/G/325Election Subscriptions
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/14/176Account book of Mary Anne Thornhill, deceased, John Heathcote Esq., and George Thornhill Esq., in account with Messrs. Child and Co.
KAcc148/5/C/133Letter and draft reply
KAcc1832/C/1/201Memo of Agreement; Geo. Thornhill Esq. of Diddington, and John Linton Esq. of Stirtloe House, Buckden.
KAcc148/5/C/233Letter and invitation
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/4/63Instructions regarding the purchase of an estate in Offord Darcy, Huntingdonshire, by John Moyer Heathcote Esq.and the Reverend Charles Thornhill, trustees of the real estates devised by the will of the late GeorgeThornhill
KAcc148/5/C/135ADraft Letter
KDMC/373Islington and Clerkenwell estate map
KAcc148/2/A/92Deed of Covenant
KHINCH/8/A/D/157Letter; D. Veasey, Huntingdon, to the Countess of Sandwich.
KAcc148/2/E/536Covenance to produce title deeds
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/10/129Lease of a parcel of ground in St. Mary, Islington, Middlesex
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/10/135Account of Mrs Mary Anne Thornhill, John Heathcote and George Thornhill, Esq., Trustees under the will of the late George Thornhill Esq., of £12,000 in The Islington Trust Estate
KAcc148/5/C/165Letter - copy
KHINCH/7/D/47Letter; G.F. Maule, Brampton, to 7th Earl of Sandwich.
KAcc148/2/E/535Copy Assignment of Mortgage
KAcc148/5/C/199Letter and reply
KHCP/1/16/36Deposition: Statements by Laetitia Ward, Diddington, Harriett Elizabeth Usher (servant to George Thornhill, Esq. Her signature is exceptionally good). Anne Eady Stirtloe, Sarah Leach, wife of Richard Leach, Huntingdon, concerning the alleged theft by Jane Goodwin of a bonnet, a cap and a pair of stockings from Laetitia Ward.
KAcc148/5/C/131Letter and Draft reply
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/10/128Appointment and Release (Draft Copy) of land in St Mary, Islington, Middlesex
KAcc148/2/B/189Marriage Settlement
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/14/181Marriage Settlement re marriage between Rev John Thornhill and Catherine Wilkinson
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/8/105Copy of 5109/104
KAcc148/2/A/93Fire Insurance Policy for £2,000
KAcc148/5/C/143Letter and Draft Reply and Letter
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/10/134Letter from William Vincent of Park Cottage, Barnsbury Park, Islington to Mr. T. Hooker of 12 Thornhill Place East, requesting that application be made to Mr Thornhill respecting the site that has been promised for the church
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/14/182Appointment of New Trustees
KAcc148/5/C/124Letter and reply and Draft letter
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/8/104Bargain and Sale to make a Tenant to the Praecipe
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/14/180Bundle of deeds of covenant as to payment of reascertained Corn Rent
KAcc148/5/C/164Letter and draft reply
KR/R35/3/1Probate of the Will and Codicil of Mrs Fellowes.
KAcc148/2/D/345Fire Insurance Policy No 835165
KAcc148/2/D/334Lease for 12 years
KAcc148/2/D/329Land Tax Redemption
KAcc148/1/19Declaration of Legacy Duty on Residues of Personal Estate
KAcc148/2/D/336Attested Copy Bargain and Sale
KHINCH/9/C/F/162-163Letter; T. Wright Vaughan, Knightbridge, to 7th Earl of Sandwich.
KHAC0/459Letter from Wm. Margetts of Huntingdon
KAcc148/5/C/112Letter + enclosing letter
KAcc148/5/C/200Letter + 3 draft replies
KAcc148/2/H/866Memorandum of Agreement
KAcc148/5/C/198Letter and reply
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/10/132Counterpart Lease of property in Islington, Middlesex
KAcc148/5/C/130Letter and reply
KAcc148/5/C/118Letter and draft letter
KAcc148/5/D/255Pedigree of the Thornhills to
KAcc148/5/C/141Letter and Draft Reply
KAcc148/5/C/163Letter and reply
KAcc148/MAPS/1575/LR25/373Plan of freehold estate in Islington and Clerkenwell
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/14/178Miscellaneous papers relating to financial dealings between George Thornhill and John Moyer Heathcote (appointment of trustees, dividends on annuities etc.) [14 items]
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/14/177Appointment by George Thornhill of Diddington, Huntingdonshire, Esq., and Charlotte Matilda his wife of the sum of £6,000 provided to be raised under the trusts of their Marriage Settlement [Attested copy]
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/1/2Thornhill Estate book
KAcc148/2/D/331Covenant to levy a fine
KAcc148/5/F/283List (Memorandum)
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/4/46Deed of Confirmation
KAcc148/5/C/156Letter and reply
KAcc148/5/C/125Letter and reply
KAcc148/2/D/332Lease and Release
KHAC0/563/56Huntingdonshire Election
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/10/127Declaration of Trust and Covenant
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