Thomas Cartwright 1671-1748

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Thomas CARTWRIGHT 1671-1748

Biographical Note

Son of William Cartwright of Bloxham, Oxfordshire, from whom he inherited estates in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire in 1676. Matriculated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge 1687, but did not graduate. MP for Northamptonshire 1695-98, and 1701-48; sheriff of Oxfordshire 1699. His "modest level of parliamentary activity" as a Tory through his long career as an MP (History of Parliament) included the introduction of a number of private bills.


Cartwright used an engraved armorial bookplate, dated 1698, as "Thomas Cartwright of Anyho in the county of Northampton" (Franks 5303); the extent of his library is not known. His will has no mention of books, which would have been inherited (with all the rest of his goods and chattels) by his son William.

The pastedown of a copy of J. Collier, Tully's five books, 1702, with early shelfmarks above (private collection)

Characteristic Markings

A copy of J. Collier, Tully's five books, London, 1702, with the bookplate on the pastedown, has some early shelfmarks written above, which look to date from Cartwright's time.