Thomas Dalmahoy MP (c 1620 – 1682) came from a 13th century Scottish knightly family.
Thomas Dalmahoy was in the service of the Hamiltons by 1632, but later claimed to have ‘suffered for my constant loyalty and duty to his Majesty [Charles II] and to his father of blessed memory’.
As master of the horse to William, 2nd Duke of Hamilton, who was mortally wounded at the second battle of Worcester, Thomas Dalmahoy arranged his funeral, and on 19 June 1655, married Lady Elizabeth Maxwell, Duchess of Hamilton, the widow of said 2nd Duke. [THERE'S A STORY HERE I'D LOVE TO KNOW.]
The Hamilton estates in Scotland remained sequestrated; but as coheir to her father (James Maxwell, 1st Earl of Dirletoun who had died in 1650), Lady Elizabeth Maxwell Dalmahoy, Dowager Duchess of Hamilton brought The Friary and interest at Guildford, Surrey for Thomas (although her daughters disputed some part of this).
Samuel Pepys, meeting the ‘Scotch gentleman’ on his way to the exiled Court in May 1660, found Thomas Dalmahoy ‘a very fine man’, and Speaker Onslow, whose family was kin to Dalmahoy’s second wife (Lady Elizabeth Muschamp Clerke) called him genteel and generous.
Thomas Dalmahoy was proposed for the order of the Royal Oak, with an income of £1,200 p.a., but that never happened. [WHAT DID HE DO TO EARN IT?]
Thomas Dalmahoy was returned for Guildford at a by-election in 1664, with the personal support of the Duke of York.
A moderately active Member of the Cavalier Parliament, Thomas Dalmahoy was appointed to 49 committees, acted as teller in 3 divisions, and made 10 recorded speeches.
Although a consistent supporter of the Government, Thomas Dalmahoy MP joined forces with Sir Nicholas Carew of the country party to oppose the Wey navigation bill in 1665, and secured its rejection on first reading. [The river Wey flows by Guildford.]
Thomas Dalmahoy MP was appointed to the committee for the continuation of the Conventicles Act in 1668.
A friend of James Butler, Duke of Ormonde, Thomas Dalmahoy MP appeared on both lists of the court party in 1669-71.
When the Wey navigation bill was reintroduced in 1670, Thomas Dalmahoy MP submitted a proviso and was appointed to the committee.
Charles Maitland, Lord Halton, the brother of John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale, had acquired the property next to Thomas Dalmahoy MP’s ancestral home in Dalmahoy, Ratho, Midlothian, and so it was a neighbor he was defending against the increasingly vociferous demands for Lauderdale’s removal.
Dalmahoy pointed out on 13 Jan. 1674 that the Duke of Lauderdale was not in Scotland when the Scottish Parliament gave the Government the power to use the militia outside their own country.