Thomas Foley (c. 1695–1749)

Thomas Foley (c.1696 – 3 April 1749), of Stoke Edith, Herefordshire, was the eldest son Thomas Foley (auditor of the imprests) and inherited his estates on his death in 1737. He represented Hereford in Parliament from 1734 to 1741, and Herefordshire from 1742 to 1747.

He continued the family interest in ironmaking in the Forest of Dean, initially in partnership with his father. However, in his time leases were not renewed as they expired, and the business declined to being a shadow of what it once had been.

He married five times.

  1. Hester Andrews, daughter of Thomas Andrews and Elizabeth Young. Children: Martin Andrew Foley and Thomas Foley
  2. Mary Warter, daughter of John Warter. Children: Very Rev. Robert Foley (d. 1783) and Sarah Foley
  3. Elizabeth Wolstenholme, daughter of Henry Wolstenholme. Child: Paul Jermyn Foley
  4. Elizabeth Unett, daughter of Robert Unett
  5. Catherine Gwyn, daughter of Francis Gwyn

His eldest son was another Thomas Foley, who became the first Baron Foley of the second creation in 1776.


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Marquess of Carnarvon
Thomas Geers Winford
Member of Parliament for Hereford
With: Sir John Morgan, Bt
Succeeded by
Edward Cope Hopton
Thomas Geers Winford
Preceded by
Velters Cornewall
Edward Harley
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
With: Velters Cornewall
Succeeded by
Velters Cornewall
Lord Harley

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