HALFORD, Sir Thomas, 3rd Bt. (c.1663-90), of Wistow Hall, Leics.
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Family and Education
b. c.1663, 1st s. of Sir Thomas Halford, 2nd Bt., of Wistow by Selina, da. of William Welby of Denton, Lincs. educ. G. Inn 1681. unm. suc. fa. c. June 1679.1
J.p., dep. lt. and commr. for assessment, Leics. 1689-d.
Halford’s ancestor purchased the manor of Wistow in 1603. His great-grandfather, who had been created a baronet in 1641, was a Royalist in the Civil War, and compounded at £2,000 on an estate valued at £1,800 p.a. Unlike his distant cousin, Sir William Halford of Welham, Halford did not support James II’s religious policy, and he was returned for the county as a Tory at the general election of 1689. According to Anthony Rowe he voted to agree with the Lords that the throne was not vacant; but he was otherwise completely inactive in the Convention. He was buried at Wistow on 30 May 1690, the only member of this branch of the family to enter Parliament.2