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Thomas Drury, MP, 1st Baronet of Overstone

Also Known As: "Sir Thomas Drury of Overstone"
Death: January 19, 1759 (46)
Place of Burial: Sywell, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Drury, of Colne and Joyce Beacon
Husband of Martha Drury
Father of Thomas James Joseph Drury; Mary Anne Hobart and Jocosa Katherina Cust

Occupation: High Sheriff of Essex (1740), High Sheriff of Northamptonshire (1748), Baronet of Colne og of Great Ilford, Knight , Sir
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About Sir Thumas Drury, MP, 1st Baronet of Overstone

Family and Education bap. 12 Nov. 1712, o.s. of Richard Drury of Colne, Hunts. by Joyce, da. of Thomas Beacon of Great Ilford, Essex. educ. Merton, Oxf. 1729; I. Temple 1732, called 1736. m. 11 Oct. 1737, Martha, da. of Sir John Tyrrell, 3rd Bt., of Heron, Essex, 1s. d.v.p. 2da. suc. uncle Thomas Beacon at Wickham Hall 1737,1 fa. 1738. cr. Bt. 16 Feb. 1739.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Essex 1740-1, Northants. 1748-9.

Biography In 1737 Drury, a clerk in the court of Chancery, inherited from his maternal uncle, a brewer in Shoreditch, a fortune estimated at £230,000, including an estate near Maldon. Returned as a Whig for Maldon in 1741, he voted with the Administration on the chairman of the elections committee in 1741 and on the Hanoverians, 1742 and 1744, speaking ‘most heartily’ on their behalf in December 1743, but was absent from the division on them in 1746.2

In 1747, having been rejected as a candidate by the corporation of Maldon, he was put down at Leicester House as one of the persons to be brought into Parliament by the Prince of Wales ‘who are not able to bring in themselves’, but he did not stand again, though the 2nd Lord Egmont included him in a list of persons who were to be brought into Parliament on the Prince’s accession. He died 19 Jan. 1759.3

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754 Author: Eveline Cruickshanks Notes 1. As coh. with his cousin Thomas Beacon Townshend, who, dying the same year, left him his share of the estate (PCC 76, 171 Wake). 2. PCC 76 Wake; Gent. Mag. 1737, pp. 253, 637; Yorke's parl. jnl. Parl. Hist. xiii. 140. 3. HMC Fortescue, i. 108, 12

Biographical Summary

Thomas Drury, of Overstone, co. Northampton, Esq., as also of Colne, co. Huntingdon, and of Great Ilford, co. Essex, only s. and h. of Thomas Drury, of Colne, by Joyce, sister and heir of Thomas Beacon, da. of Thomas Beacon, both of Great Ilford, Essex, was b. in North street and bap. 12 Nov. 1712, at St. Andrew's, Holborn ; matric. at Oxford (Merton Coll.), 16 Dec. 1729, aged 18: Barrister (Inner Temple), 1736; suc. his father (who d. aged 65) 1 Nov. 1738, and was cr. a Baronet, as above, 16 Feb. 1738/9; was M.P. for Maiden, 1741-47; Sheriff of Northamptonshire, 1748-49 ; F.R.S. He m. Oct. 1737, at Somerset House chapel. Strand, Martha, 2d da. of Sir John Tyrell, 3d Baronet [1666], by his 1st wife Mary, da. of Sir James Doliffe. He d. s.p.m.s. 19 Jan. 1769, aged 46, and was bur. at Sywell, so. Northampton, when the Baronetcy became extinct. Admon., as of St. Anne's, Westm., 5 Feb. 1759, 21 Jan. 1769, 5 May 1770, and March 1787. His widow d. in Harley street, Marylebone, June 1768, and was bur. at Sywell. Will dat. 2 and pr. 16 June, and (again) 1 July 1768.

SOURCE: Complete baronetage; Cokayne, George E. (George Edward); 1906; Vol. V; page 86

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