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Sir Thomas Hatton, 2nd Baronet (1637- 1682) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1674 to 1679.

Hatton was the son of Sir Thomas Hatton, 1st Baronet of Longstanton, Cambridgeshire and his wife Mary Allington, daughter of Sir Giles Alington, of Horseheath, Cambridgeshire, and his wife Lady Dorothy Cecil, daughter of Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter. He succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his father on 23 September 1658. He was Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire from 1662 to 1663.[1]


His loyalty to the Crown does not seem to have been much trusted. He was one of the first to welcome back Charles II, and even before the Restoration made a special visit to the Netherlands to assure the King of his support, but is said to have returned "empty-handed". Samuel Pepys notes the visit in the great Diary.[2]

Little more is heard of Hatton until 1674, when he was elected Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire in the Cavalier Parliament. He entered Parliament at a time of acute political conflict, when a formal Opposition was emerging, arguably for the first time. Hatton, with his dubious reputation for loyalty to the Crown, achieved little distinction as an MP: he was described as being "equally vile" in the eyes of the Court and the Opposition.

Hatton died in 1682 and was buried at Long Stanton on 19 April 1682.[1]


Hatton married before 1660, Bridget Goring, daughter of Sir William Goring, 1st Baronet of Burton and his wife Bridget Fraunceys, daughter of Sir Edward Fraunceys.[1] They had two sons, Christopher and Thomas, each of whom briefly succeeded to the title. Both died young and the title reverted to their uncle, Sir Christopher Hatton, 5th Baronet.

They also had four daughters: Mary, Elizabeth, Rebecca and Dorothy.

  • Dorothy married Tyrrell Dalton junior (1669-1732) of Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire. He was the son of the elder Tyrrell Dalton (1640-1682), whose memorial tablet can still be seen in St. Vigor's Church, Fulbourn. The Latin inscription on the tablet mourns the premature death of "a learned and religious man, a gentle father, a benign husband, a just man and the best of friends".


  1. ^ a b c George Edward Cokayne Complete Baronetage, Volume 2 1900
  2. ^ Diary of Samuel Pepys 27 April 1660

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Bill  •  Link

Sir Thomas Hatton, a man of no estate but his pension.
---A Seasonable Argument ... for a New Parliament. Andrew Marvell, [1677] 1776.

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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Thomas Hatton’s grandfather was the first of the family to reside at Long Stanton, Cambridgeshire.
His father, a younger brother of the 1st Lord Hatton, was imprisoned at Cambridge as a Royalist from the outset of the Civil Wars.
Thomas Hatton (1637 - 1682) paid no taxes to the county committee except under compulsion and steadfastly refused to take the Covenant, but he could not be fined or sequestrated, and he was certainly not short of money during the Interregnum.

He succeeded his father on 23 Sept. 1658.
He married Bridget, da. of Sir William Goring, 1st Bt., of Burton, Sussex, in 1659. They had 2 sons and 4 daughters.

Thomas Hatton, 2nd Bart., crossed over to Flushing on the eve of the Restoration with Sir Richard Mauleverer, but apparently returned empty-handed from the exiled Court.
Little is known of him until 1674, when he narrowly defeated Gerard Russell in a 3-cornered contest for Cambridge.
He was expected, under the influence of Sir Thomas Chicheley, to support the Court.
In 1676, Sir Richard Wiseman noted that Hatton had ‘voted ill last session’; but he had ‘good hopes’ of him. These hopes were fully justified, for next year Anthony Ashley-Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury marked him ‘doubly vile’, and in "A Seasonable Argument" he was attacked as ‘a man of no estate but his pension’.

No pension can be traced, and Long Stanton remained in the family until the baronetcy became extinct in 1812.

His name appeared on both lists of the court party in 1678. He was appointed to only 7 committees in the Cavalier Parliament, none of which were of any political importance, and was sent for as a defaulter in December.

He was buried at Long Stanton on 19 Apr. 1682, the last of his family to sit in Parliament.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

L&M Companion: Hatton, Sir Thomas, 2nd Bart. (1637-82). Of Long Stanton, Cambs., nephew of the 1st Baron Hatton. A royalist; in 1660 in some disfavor with Sir Edward Hyde for fighting a duel at Calais. M.P. for Cambridgeshire 1674-9.

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