Thomas Thornhill

Caricature by VER published in Vanity Fair in 1883

Sir Thomas Thornhill, 1st Baronet (26 March 1837 – 2 April 1900)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician.

He was appointed High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1860. He was elected to the House of Commons as one of the two Members of Parliament (MPs) for the Western division of Suffolk at a by-election in October 1875, and held the seat until the constituency was abolished at the 1885 general election.[2]

He was made a baronet, of Riddlesworth Hall in the Parish of Riddlesworth in the County of Norfolk and of Pakenham Lodge in the Parish of Pakenham in the County of Suffolk, on 11 August 1885.[3]


Thornhill married Katherine Edith Isabella Hodgson, daughter of Richard Hodgson-Huntley, of Carham Hall, Northumberland, by his wife Catherine Moneypenny Compton, daughter of Anthony Compton, of Carham Hall. Lady Thornhill was in January 1902 granted permission to take the surname and arms of Compton combined with Thornhill, for herself and her issue.[4] He was succeeded by their son Anthony John Compton-Thornhill.


  1. "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  2. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 463–464. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 25499. p. 3701. 11 August 1885.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27401. p. 581. 28 January 1902.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Parker
Fuller Maitland Wilson
Member of Parliament for West Suffolk
With: William Parker 18751880
William Biddell 18801885
Constituency abolished
Honorary titles
Preceded by
John George Sheppard
High Sheriff of Suffolk
Succeeded by
Edward Robert Starkie Bence
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Riddlesworth Hall and Pakenham Lodge)
Succeeded by
Anthony John Compton-Thornhill

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