Thomas Chicheley

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Thomas Chicheley
Master-General of the Ordnance
In office
Personal details
Born (1614-03-14)14 March 1614
Died 1 February 1699(1699-02-01) (aged 84)

Sir Thomas Chicheley (25 March 1614 – 1 February 1699) was a politician in England in the seventeenth century who fell from favour in the reign of James II. His name is sometimes spelt as Chichele.


Chicheley, who came from Wimpole in Cambridgeshire, was related to the founder of All Souls College, Oxford. He was High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for 1637-38, and in 1640 was elected to the Long Parliament as one of the MPs for Cambridgeshire; however, being a strong Royalist, he was "disabled from sitting" (in other words expelled) soon after the outbreak of the Civil War. After the Restoration, he was elected once more for Cambridgeshire in the Parliament of 1661–1679, and subsequently sat for the city of Cambridge until his retirement in 1689.[1]

He was appointed a deputy lieutenant for the county by 1639 to 1642 and from 1660 to 1685. he was also custos rotulorum for the county in 1642 and, after the restoration in 1660, for Cambridgeshire and Ely (until 1687).[1]

In 1670, he was knighted, made a member of the Privy Council and appointed Master-General of the Ordnance. He held that office until 1674, when he was succeeded by his son. In 1679 he became Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, but was ejected from office and expelled from the Privy Council on 2 March 1687.[1] He sat again, however, in parliament for the borough of Cambridge in 1678, 1679, 1685, and 1689, and died in 1694, at the age of seventy-six.[2]

According to Pepys, Chicheley lived extravagantly in London, and this was probably the reason that he sold his estate at Wimpole thirteen years before his death.


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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Wendy
Isaac Thornton
Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire
With: Thomas Wendy 1661–1674
Sir Thomas Hatton, 2nd Baronet 1674–1679
Succeeded by
Gerard Russell
Edward Partherich
Preceded by
Roger Pepys
Member of Parliament for Cambridge
With: The Lord Alington 1679–1685
Sir William Wren 1685–1689
Sir John Cotton 1685–1689
Succeeded by
Sir John Cotton
Granado Pigot
Political offices
Title last held by
Sir John Cutts
Custos Rotulorum of Cambridgeshire
Succeeded by
Edward Russell
Preceded by
Sir Robert Carr
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Succeeded by
seal in commission
Military offices
Preceded by
In Commission
Master-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Thomas Chicheley
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir John Carleton, Bt
High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire
Succeeded by
Thomas Wendy