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Sir Thomas Wendy (8 February 1614 – 17 November 1673) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660.

Wendy was the son of Francis Wendy. In 1629 he inherited the Haslingfield estate of his uncle Sir William Wendy.[1] He was High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire in 1638.

In 1660, Wendy was elected member of parliament for Cambridgeshire in the Convention Parliament.[2] He was knighted in 1661.[3] He was re-elected MP for Cambridgeshire in 1661 for the Cavalier Parliament and sat until his death.

Wendy made a collection of medals, optic glasses, and other rare items at Haslingfield Hall and also a considerable library. He brought a Danish savant called Simon Ertman back from his travels, who helped to found the parish school.[1]

Wendy died childless, at the age of 59. He settled most of his estates, including Haslingfield, on his nephew Thomas Stewart, son of his sister Susan and Thomas Stewart of Barton Mills. His executors gave his library to Balliol College, Oxford.[1]


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Dr Thomas Wendy, physician to Henry VIII, founded the family fortunes, acquiring Haslingfield in 1541 and sitting for the county in 1555.

This Thomas Wendy, a ship-money sheriff, was in Orleans in 1641; a noted bibliophile, he may have spent the Civil War years abroad. His sympathies were royalist; though he was appointed to two local commissions in 1648, he held no other office until the eve of the Restoration, when he was elected knight of Cambridgeshire as one of the candidates standing for the restoration of King and Church.

A moderately active Member of the Convention Parliament, he was named to 15 committees, including those for the indemnity bill, the drainage of the fens, and the militia and attainder bills.

He was re-elected in 1661, and made a Knight of the Bath for the coronation. [He must have done something for Charles II in exile!?]]

Lord Wharton marked him as a friend in the Cavalier Parliament, in which he was again moderately active.
He was appointed to 69 committees, including most of those concerned with poor relief and the repair of highways.
In 1663 he was named to the committee on the bill for settling the drainage of the Bedford level, and made a commissioner of complaints.
An Anglican, he served on the committees for the conventicles bills in 1664, 1669 and 1670, and for the bill to prevent the growth of Popery in 1671.

Although presumably a court supporter his name does not appear on any list.
He died on 17 Nov. 1673, and was buried at Haslingfield, the last of his family.


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