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A profile of Colonel Thomas Blackborne Thoroton (1788-1830) of the Coldstream Guards


Artist: William Hamlet

painted on the reverse of convex glass and heighted with gold, backed with card, set in gilt-mounted rectangular black papier mache frame, the reverse with trade label Hamlet/ Profile Painter/ for her / Majesty/ and the Royal Family/ No 12 Union Street/ Bath and further inscribed in ink with the sitter's name Colonel Thoroton Junior/ Winstead House/ Yorkshire

Winestead is the ancient seat of the Hildyard/Hilliard/Hildegardis family, whose ancestry is believed to be of Saxon origin. The Hildyard family of Winestead became extinct on the death of Sir Robert D'Arcy Hildyard, Bart., who died without heirs in 1814. Hildyard bequeathed his estates to his niece, Ann Catherine Whyte, who married in the following year Thomas Blackborne Thoroton, Esq., of Flintham Hall, Flintham, Nottingham. Col. Thoroton of the Coldstream Guards subsequently assumed the name and coat-of-arms of Hildyard.

Thomas was the eldest son of Colonel Thomas Thoroton , and inherited the Flintham and part of the Screveton estate in 1813. He was a colonel in the Coldstream Guards, and served as High Sheriff of Nottingham in 1817, but is best known for his expenditure on land and renovations. In 1824, following the death of his grandmother Roosilia Thoroton, he purchased Screveton Hall and the remaining parts of the 'unsettled estate' which his grandfather had given to other members of the family. He demolished Screveton Hall, and in 1827 exchanged its site for land owned by the rector of Screveton. An extension to Flintham Hall by Lewis Wyatt was completed in 1829, and Colonel Hildyard was also responsible for rebuilding Flintham Church. He had begun to make arrangements for the sale of Lincolnshire estates inherited from Mary Hutton, a cousin by marriage of the Bowes family, in the late 1820s. However, the Screveton and Flintham estates were already mortgaged, and his purchase of further land at Winestead just before his premature death in 1830 led to financial problems for his descendants.
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