Watson, Thomas (1665 -1723)
Thomas Watson Wentworth was the third, but second surviving son of Edward, 2nd Baron Rockingham, and Anne, eldest daughter of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, matriculating 14 July 1683, aged seventeen. In 1689 he married Alice, only daughter of Sir Thomas Proby, 1st Baronet, of Elton in Huntingdonshire. He took the additional name and arms of Wentworth in 1695 on inheriting Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire, on the death of his uncle, William Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Strafford. He was Member of Parliament for Bossiney in 1701, for Higham Ferrers 1703 1713, for Malton 1713 1722 and for Higham Ferrers 1722 1723. Wentworth Woodhouse passed subsequently to the Earls Fitzwilliam through the marriage of William, 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam with Anne, eldest daughter of Thomas Watson Wentworth, 1st Marquess of Rockingham, and sister and coheir of the 2nd Marquess. Clements has a note `Books at Wentworth Woodhouse'.