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Rev William WHATELY
Martha HUNT
Rev Thomas WHATELY


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1. Elizabeth WOODBIND
2. Ann STEEL

Thomas WHATELY 3

  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth WOODBIND on 10 Jun 1684 in St James Duke's Place, London 1
  • Marriage (2): Ann STEEL on 10 Dec 1684 in St James Duke's Place, London 2
  • Buried: 26 Aug 1712, St Leonard Bromley, Middlesex 4

bullet  Notes:

He (Thomas 2) had at least four siblings, and was presumably brought up with them in Sutton-under-Brailes in Gloucestershire where their father (Thomas 1) was Rector. He was most likely the Thomas Whately who was admitted to St Catharine's College Cambridge in 1672, although there is no record of him graduating. He subsequently became a schoolmaster in Bromley in Middlesex. He married Ann Steel (qv) in 1684, when he was described as a widower, and had three sons - Thomas, William (qv) and Josiah.

Their eldest son Thomas 3 was a merchant in the British Levant Company, and a Director of the Bank of England from 1741 to 1764. His wife Mary Thompson came from a wealthy Puritan family who left Nonsuch Park in Surrey to the Whately's. Thomas 3 and Mary also had three sons - Thomas, Joseph and William. Thomas 4 was educated at Clare College Cambridge, and was a public figure of exceptional abilities: as a lawyer and politician he was confidant to George Grenville and Secretary to the Treasury, and had a major role in developing colonial policy towards America, defended in 1766 in his pamphlet 'Considerations on the Trade and Finance of the Kingdom'; as a landscape gardener he designed the gardens at Nonsuch Park, and in 1770 published 'Observations on Modern Gardening' ; and as a literary student he was author of the unfinished essay 'Remarks on some of the characters of Shakespeare', published after his death by his brother Joseph in 1785. Thomas 4 died unmarried in 1772 when he was just 43. His estate was administered by his youngest brother William, who fought (and lost) a duel the following year over Thomas' private correspondence that had been passed to Benjamin Franklin in London and published in Massachusetts, actions that led to Franklin being discredited in England. The town of Whately in Massachusetts was named after Thomas 4.

Thomas 2 and Ann's youngest son Josiah was educated at Trinity College Cambridge, ordained in 1715, and appointed Rector of St Martin Outwich in London. In 1718 he married Leonora Warren, older sister of his brother William's wife Henrietta, but died one year later.

PCC: Thomas Whately PROB11/528 dated 8-10-1712

Additional sources:
DNB (2004) - Thomas Whately (grandson)
Venn and Venn (1927) Alumni Cantabrigiensis. Cambridge.
Richard Roberts and David Kynaston, Eds (1995) The Bank of England. Money, Power and Influence 1694-1994. Oxford: Clarendon Press
BBC (2009) Who do you think you are: Kevin Whately. First broadcast 2-3-2009.


Thomas married Elizabeth WOODBIND on 10 Jun 1684 in St James Duke's Place, London.1 (Elizabeth WOODBIND was buried on 25 Aug 1684 in St Botolph Aldgate, London 5.)


Thomas next married Ann STEEL on 10 Dec 1684 in St James Duke's Place, London.2 (Ann STEEL was buried on 26 Aug 1720 in St Leonard Bromley, Middlesex 4.)



1 Church Register, St James Dukes Place, Guildhall Mf 7894/1.

2 Church Register, St James Duke's Place, Guildhall Library ref Mf 7894/1.

3 Probate, Thomas Whately PROB11/528 dated 8-10-1712.

4 Church Register, St Leonard Bromley LMA ref X085/162.

5 Church Register, St Botolph Aldgate, LMA ref P69/BOT2/A/016.

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