Sir Thomas Alston, 5th Baronet

Sir Thomas Alston, 5th Baronet (c. 1724 – 18 July 1774) was an English Baronet and Member of Parliament.[1]

Thomas Alston was the eldest son of Sir Rowland Alston, 4th Baronet of Odell, Bedfordshire.[1][2] He was admitted at Queens' College, Cambridge in 1740.[3] From 1747 to 1761 he was MP for Bedfordshire. In 1750 he married Catherine Davie Bovey, but separated from her by mutual consent two years later. Confined for a while to a madhouse, he was nevertheless re-elected to Parliament unopposed in 1754. Horace Walpole reported a sorry appearance in the House of Commons in November 1755: "Poor Alston was mad, and spoke ten times to order."[1]

On 2 January 1759 he succeeded his father as 5th Baronet. He did not stand for Parliament in 1761. Alston died 18 July 1774, leaving his property to his housekeeper Margaret Lee, through whom it eventually made its way to his illegitimate son Thomas.[1] He was buried at Odell.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Namier et al., The House of Commons 1754-1790, Vol. 3, p.18
  2. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses seems confused, making him the second son of a Sir Rowland, Bart., and also succeed 'his brother Rowland' as Baronet in 1759.
  3. 1 2 "Alston, Thomas (ALSN740T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Roger Burgoyne, Bt
Sir John Chester, Bt
Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire
With: Sir Danvers Osborn, Bt 1747–1753
The Earl of Upper Ossory 1753–1758
Henry Osborn 1758–1761
Succeeded by
Marquess of Tavistock
Robert Henley-Ongley
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Rowland Alston
(of Odell, Bedfordshire)
Succeeded by
Rowland Alston
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