Clement-Jones family v2/21 - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family v2/21 - Person Sheet
NameThomas GISBORNE MP, 4951
FatherRev Thomas GISBORNE , 4946 (1758-1846)
MotherMary BABINGTON , 4945 (1760-)
Notes for Thomas GISBORNE MP
Thomas GISBORNE, Esq July 20 1852.

At Yoxall Lodge, Staffordshire, aged 58, Thomas Gisborne, esq. a magistrate and deputy lieutenant of that county; formerly M.P. for Nottingham.

Mr. Gisborne was the eldest son of the late Rev. Thomas Gisborne, of Yoxall Lodge, a Prebendary of Durham (a memoir of whom will be found in our Magazine for June, 1846), by Mary, only daughter of Thomas Babington, esq. of Rothley Temple, co. Leicester.

Although the heir to a good estate in Derbyshire, Mr. Gisborne was also interested in the business of a Manchester house, dealing principally in lime; while the part which he took in politics, local and general, from an early period of his life, was keen, vigorous, and bustling.

He was first returned to Parliament, in 1830, for Stafford, which he represented in the Parliaments of that and the following year, during the heat of the Reform debates, in which he frequently took part. In the first reformed Parliament he sat for the Northern Division of Derbyshire, after a contest which was decided by the following numbers:

Lord Cavendish - . 3388
Thomas Gisborne, esq. . 2385
Sir George Sitwell, Bart. 1183

He was rechosen in 1835, and he voted with Mr. Ward on his famous motion on the subject of the Irish Church, which split up the Grey Government. The dissolution of 1837 threw him out of Parliament. In 1839 he contested Carlow with Colonel Bruen, upon the vacancy created by Mr. Justice Maule being raised to the bench. He was beaten at the poll (167 to 164), but was seated upon petition. At the general election of 1841 he stood for South Leicestershire, where, however, he was unsuccessful

Henry Halford, esq. . 2638
Charles Wm. Packe, esq. 2622
Thomas Gisborne, esq. . 1213
Colonel E. Cheney . 1196

and he remained in private life until April, 1843, when he was elected by the town of Nottingham, polling 1839 votes, and Mr. John Walter junior 1728. In the Anti-Corn-law struggle, then raging, Mr.Gisborne took a leading and a vigorous part. He was a prominent member of the League, joined freely in the discussions in the house, and was one of the most popular of the less prominent speakers at the great Free-trade gatherings in Drury Lane. Since the dissolution in 1847, Mr. Gisborne has not been a member of the House of Commons.

To within the last ten days of his life he had been a candidate for Nottingham; but gradually increasing illness compelled the withdrawal of his name. He was suffering from disease of the heart, and he ultimately sunk beneath it. Mr. Gisborne "was a Whig, and a good deal more. He possessed strong political convictions, and had a peculiarly racy and clear-headed way of expressing them. His career in Parliament was broken and disjointed; but, when a member of the house, he always possessed its ear, and he sat and voted with the Radical party. At different periods of his life Mr. Gisborne expressed himself strongly in favour of the abolition of the payment of churchrates by Dissenters. This, indeed, was one of the points on which he most frequently insisted. He also avowed his strong predilection for the ballot, and advocated a large extension of the suffrage. Upon the currency question his views were similar to those of the late Sir Robert Peel, of whose currency reform scheme he was an efficient advocate, and he was always an enthusiastic Free-trader. To some extent he belonged to Mr. Hume's economic school, and his views were always distinctly defined, and boldly avowed. As a speaker he was shrewd, logical, and to the point. He possessed a downright common-sense style of thoroughly Saxon diction, and was fond of seasoning it with an occasional quaint and pithy joke. However much, in some respects, his political and economic views might differ from those of the more moderate Liberal party, his public honesty was never stained and never doubted."\emdash Morning Chronicle.

Mr. Gisborne was twice married; first, to Elizabeth Fysche, daughter of John Palmer, esq. of Ickwell House, co. Bedford, and sister to the late Charles Fysche Palmer, esq. M.P. for Reading. This lady died on the 20th June 1823, leaving three sons and one daughter: Thomas Guy, Henry Fysche, Thomas Bowdler, and Elizabeth Maria. The third son was Rector of Yoxall, and died on the 3rd Dec. last, aged 33. The eldest was an unsuccessful candidate for the borough of Totnes in April 1840. Mr. Gisborne married secondly, in 1826, Susan, widow of the late Francis Dukinfield Astley, esq. of Dukinfield, co. Chester; by whom he had no issue. 4
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