Name: Thomas TOLLEMACHE
Given Name: Thomas
Suffix: Lt-Gen 1 2 3
Birth: Abt 1651
Death: Abt Jun 1694 in Plymouth, England
Burial: St Mary's, Helmingham, Suffolk.
The Baronetage of England: Or The History of the English Ba ronets ..., Volume 5
By William Betham
Sir LIONEL TOLLEMACHE, of Helmingham, Bart, who married Eli zabeth, daughter and heiress of William Murray, Earl of Dys art, in Scotland, (she was'afterwards the second wife of Jo hn Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale) by whom he had eleven chil dren; three sons and two daughters arrived at the age of ma turity; Elizabeth, was wife of Archibald, Duke of Argyle, a nd died March 16, 1735; Catherine, first of James, Lord Dow n, eldest son and heir of the Earl of Murray, and afterward s of John, 19th Earl of Sutherland. Of the sons, Lionel wa s Earl of Dysart; Thomas was a lieutenant-general, and wa s killed f in the harbour
Quot omncs succssit,
Ex unica quam accepit urori
Natu maxima D. Johanis Stanhope,
Baronis de Harrington,
Cujus luctuosissimae jam vidue;
Suas huic imnnori mandavit lachrymas.
Obnt Sep. 6, An" Dni 1640,
ylitatis suae 49.
•f Thomas Tollemache, lieutenant-general (descended o f a fa-
mily more ancient than the Norman conquest) second son of S ir
Lionel Tollemache, Bart, by his wife, Elizabeth Murray, Cou ntest
of Dysart, in her own right. His natural abilities and firs t educa- •
tion were improved by his travels in foreign nations, wher e he spent
several years in the younger part of his life, in the obser vation of
their genius, customs, politics, and interest, and in the s ervice of
his country, abroad in the field, in which he distinguishe d himself to
such advantage by his bravery and conduct, that he soon ros e to
considerable posts in the army. Upon the accession of Kin g Wil-
liam III. to the throne, he was made colonel of the Coldstr eanv
regiment of foot-guards, and soon after advanced to the ran k of lieu-
tenant-general. In 1691, he exerted himself with uncommon b ra-
very in the passage over the river Shannon, and the takin g of Ath-
lone, in Ireland, and in the battle of Aghrim. In 1693, b e at-
tended the King to Flanders, and at the battle of Landen, a gainst
the French, when his Majesty himself was obliged to retire , he
brought off'the English foot with great prudence and succes s. In
1694, he was ordered by the King to attempt the destroyin g of the
harbour of Brest, in France; but on his landing at the hea d ofsix
hundred men, he was so much exposed to the enemies fire$ th at
most of his men were killed, and himself shot through the t highs of
which wound he died a few days after. Thus fell this brav e man,.
extremely lamented, and not with out suspicion of being mad e, a sa-
crifice, in this desperate attempt, through the envy of so me of his
pretended friends, and thus failed a design, which if it ha d been un-
dertaken at any time before the French were so well prepare d to re-
ceive it, might have been, attended with success, and follo wed with
very important effects.
His corpse was brought over to Plymouth, and from thenc e re-
moved, and buried on the 30th of June, 1694, in the famil y vault
under this chancel.
The Hon. Thomas Tollenache, the second son, was a distingui shed military officer, and served seventeen campaigns. He g ave his hearty support to the Revolution, and was made colo nel of the Coldstream guards 1st May 1689. Soon after, he w as advanced to the rank of lieutenant-general, in which cap acity he served under King William in Ireland, in 1691. H e is stated to have displayed uncommon bravery in the passa ge over the river Shannon, and at the taking of Athlone, an d in the battle of Aughrim. In 1693 he attended the king t o Flanders, and at the battle of Landen, against the French , when his majesty himself was obliged to retire, he brough t off the English foot with great gallantry. In 1694 he wa s appointed commander-in-chief of the expedition against Br est, where he was mortally wounded, and died at Plymouth, 1 3th June that year. A fine engraving of General Tollemach e by Houbraken is in Birch's collection of Illustrious Char acters.
He was an inveterate dueler, and lost his commission in th e Cldstream guards because of it. He was reduced to servin g as a gentleman volunteer in the Tangier garrison.
Note: There were rumours at the time that he had been sired by Ol iver Cromwell, but Cromwell was abroad during the time tha t he would have been conceived. Source "Cromwell, Our Chie f of Men." Antonia Fraser.
Change Date: 24 Jun 2016 at 13:48
Swordsmen: The Martial Ethos in the Three Kingdoms
By Roger Burrow Manning
1694 '96 English invasion army under Thomas Talmash reache s Brest
Father: Lionel TOLLEMACHE b: Abt Apr 1624 in Of Helmingham, Suffolk, England
Mother: Elizabeth MURRAY b: 1626
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Text: He died circa June 1694, from a wound received in action. H e wasburied on 30 June 1694.1
Lt.-Gen. Thomas Tollemache gained the rank of Lieutenant-Ge neral inthe service of the Williamite forces in Ireland. H e fought in theExpedition against Brest in 1694, as Command er-in-Chief.
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Text: Lt Gen Hon Thomas Tollemache, Governor of Portsmouth 1688 a nd of theIsle of Wight 1693, Member of Parliament for Malme sbury 1689 and forChippenham 1691 (b. c. 1651; bur. vp. 3 0 Jun 1694)
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There is also a picture of him on this site.