Sir Thomas Cave, 5th Baronet

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Sir Thomas Cave, 5th Baronet (27 May 1712 – 7 August 1778)[1] was a British politician and lawyer.


Baptised at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Covent Garden, he was the second son of Sir Thomas Cave, 3rd Baronet and his wife Hon. Margaret Verney, daughter of John Verney, 1st Viscount Fermanagh.[2] Cave was educated at Rugby School and then at Balliol College, Oxford.[3] In 1734, he succeeded his older brother Verney as baronet.[4] Cave was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in the following year and he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law by the University of Oxford in 1756.[3]


Cave entered the British House of Commons in 1741, sitting as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Leicestershire until 1747.[5] He was again successful in 1762 and represented the constituency until his withdrawal from politics in 1774, because of ill health.[5]


He married Elizabeth Davies, daughter of Griffith Davies in November 1735 and had by her six daughters and two sons.[2] Cave died, aged 66 and was buried at Stanford, Northamptonshire.[6] He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his oldest son Thomas.[4]


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Lord Guernsey
Edward Smith
Member of Parliament for Leicestershire
With: Edward Smith
Succeeded by
Wrightson Mundy
Edward Smith
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Palmer
Edward Smith
Member of Parliament for Leicestershire
1762 – 1774
With: Sir Thomas Palmer 1762–1765
Sir John Palmer 1765–1774
Succeeded by
Sir John Palmer
Thomas Noel
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Verney Cave
(of Stanford)
Succeeded by
Thomas Cave