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Thomas H. Sotheron-Estcourt

The Right Honourable
Thomas H. Sotheron-Estcourt
Home Secretary
In office
3 March 1859 – 18 June 1859
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Derby
Preceded by Spencer Horatio Walpole
Succeeded by Sir George Cornewall Lewis, Bt
Personal details
Born 4 April 1801 (1801-04-04)
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Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lucy Sarah Sotheron
(d. 1870)
Alma mater Oriel College, Oxford

Thomas Henry Sutton Sotheron-Estcourt PC DL JP (4 April 1801 – 6 January 1876), known as Thomas Bucknall-Estcourt until 1839 and as Thomas Sotheron from 1839 to 1855, was a British Conservative politician.

Background and education

Sotheron-Estcourt was the eldest son of Thomas Bucknall-Estcourt, Member of Parliament (MP) for Devizes and Oxford University, son of Thomas Estcourt, Member of Parliament for Cricklade. His mother was Eleanor, daughter of James Sutton. He was educated at Harrow and Oriel College, Oxford.

Political career

Estcourt was elected to Parliament as MP for Marlborough in 1829. He was elected to parliament again in 1835 as MP for Devizes, switched to North Wiltshire in 1844, and continued in the Commons until 1865. Sotheron resumed the name Estcourt in 1855, and entered Lord Derby's second government in 1858 as President of the Poor Law Board. The next year, he became Home Secretary, but the government soon fell. He had been sworn of the Privy Council in 1858.


Sotheron-Estcourt married Lucy Sarah, daughter of Admiral Frank Sotheron, in 1830. In 1839 he assumed by Royal license the surname

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