THISTLETHWAYTE, Alexander (?1717-71), of Southwick, nr. Fareham, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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8 May 1751 - 1761

Family and Education

b. ?1717, 1st s. of Alexander Thistlethwayte of Compton Valence, Dorset by Mary, da. and h. of Richard Whithed of Southwick and Norman Court, Hants; bro. of Francis Whithed. educ. Wadham, Oxf. 27 June 1735, aged 17. m. (1) 1741, Catherine, da. of E. Randall of Salisbury, 3da.; (2) Mary Rolls, wid., da. of William Strong of Chalk, Kent. suc. fa. 1728; and to Whithed estates on the d. of his yr. bro. Francis 1751.

Offices Held


Thistlethwayte was returned as a Whig for Hampshire on the death of his younger brother, Francis Whithed, in 1751. He and his brother Robert were called ‘the brute brothers’1 by Horace Walpole for their slowness in paying the small annuity left by Francis Whithed to his illegitimate daughter in Florence.

He died 15 Oct. 1771.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Walpole to Mann, 22 Apr. 1751.