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Thomas RIVETT M.P.

  • Christened: 12 May 1713 2
  • Marriage: Anna Maria SIBLEY in Apr 1749 1 2
  • Died: 6 Apr 1763 aged 49 2 3

  Noted events in his life were:

Miscellaneous: freeman, 1738. 2

Occupation: Barrister, 1739. 2

Subscription, 1741. 4 Rivett, Thomas
Title(s): Esq.
Date: 1741
Subscribed to Miscellaneous works in verse and prose (Vol. 1), 1741, MILLER, James. London
Subject: literature

Subscription, 1744. 4 Rivett, Thomas
Title(s): Esq.
Date: 1744
Subscribed to A Guide to Health through the Various Stages of Life, 1744, LYNCH, Bernard. London
Subject: medicine

Member of Parliament, 1748 to 1754. 2 5 6 Member of Parliament for Derby

Subscription, 1755. 4 Rivett, Thomas
Date: 1755
Subscribed to Sixteen Discourses on several practical and important subjects, 1755, ADEY, William. Durham, Newcastle, London
Subject: religion

Occupation: Apointed High Sheriff of Derbyshire, 1757 to 1758, 1763. 2 7

Subscription, 1759. 4 Rivett, Thomas
Title(s): Esq.
Address(es): Derby
Date: 1759
Subscribed to Thoughts Moral and Divine (Third edn.), 1759, CALCOTT, Wellins. Coventry
Subject: philosophy

Occupation: Mayor, 1761 to 1762, Derby, Derbyshire. 2

Subscription, 1761. Rivett, Thomas
Title(s): Esq.
Address(es): Derby
Date: 1761
Subscribed to Thoughts Moral and Divine (Fourth edn.), 1761, CALCOTT, Wellins. Manchester
Subject: philosophy

will. 8 Thomas RIVETT of Derby Esq Will 30 Dec 1762 names his ux Anna Maria (d of Revd Peter SILBLEY of Co Somerset)
His brother Francis RIVETT of Derby Esq
His sister Sarah & her husband John Eardley WILMOTT MS penes (held by) T N I [T N Ince]
His brother in law Mr William STORER
Testators children
Elizabeth CARNAC? ux General John CARNAC of E[ast] I[ndia] Co Service
Thomas RIVETT Esq (of Everton Hants el son) m Maria d Sir Cullens SMITH
James RIVETT (took name of CARNAC 1801 in pursuance of the Will of his brother in law m Henrietta d James FISHER Esq) [issue:]
James Rivett CARNAC Esq [issue:]
Sir John Rivett CARNAC of Derby Bar[one]t & of Warhorne Hants 1858

This Thomas RIVETT was great grandson of James? RIVETT of Rouston Co Lincoln the grandson of Thomas RIVETT of Brandeston Hall Suffolk & 9th in descent from Thomas RYVETT of Tritton in Norfolk who died anno 1272

Burke ['s Peerage] 1858

Thomas married Anna Maria SIBLEY, daughter of Rev. Charles SIBLEY and Ann GRETTON, in Apr 1749.1 2 (Anna Maria SIBLEY was born in 1730 3, christened on 9 Jun 1730 in Marston-Upon-Dove, Derbyshire and died on 21 Jul 1805 9.)


1 Gentlemans Magazine, May, 1749. Rivett, Thomas
Title(s): Esq.
Date: May, 1749
Political Office(s): Member of Parliament for Derby
Gentleman's Magazine, May, 1749
Husband of: Sibley
Title: Miss
Married: April 1749
Notes: the celebrated

2 Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, Clan Chiefs, Scottish Feudal Barons, 3 vols. (Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage & Gentry LLC, 2003), vol. III: p. 3353.

3 Rivett-Carnac Register.

4 Full Context of U.K. and U.S. Directories, 1680-1830.

5 Gentlemans Magazine.

6 Romney Sedgwick, The House of Commons 1715-1754 (London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1970), Vol. II Members E-Y: p. 384;
RIVETT, Thomas (c.1713-63), of Derby.
Derby 20 Dec. 1748-1754 b. c.1713, o.s. of Thomas Rivett, mayor of Derby, by Elizabeth, da. of A. Eaton of Derby. educ. I. Temple 1731-2, called 1739. m. 26 Apr. 1749, Anne, da. of Rev. Peter Sibley, of Ilam, Som., 2s. 1da. His da. m. John Carnac (q.v.).
Sheriff, Derbys. 1757-8.

On the death of John Stanhope (q.v.) in 1748, his kinsman, Thomas Stanhope, was put up for Derby by the Duke of Devonshire and Lord Chesterfield, joint patrons of the borough. The corporation undertook to support Stanhope; but eight days before the election the Duke of Devonshire was informed by his friends on that body that one of their number, Thomas Rivett, 'the Duke's chief friend and manager' at Derby, had unexpectedly

declared himself a candidate, which has broke into your Grace's interest... We shall need the assistance of all the outvoters. Are afraid the election will be very precarious and also expensive.

And a day later:

The opposition made by Mr. Rivett ... is very surprising to us all ... As affairs are now circumstanced if anything could be done to prevail upon Mr. Rivett to decline standing, it would be very well, and seems to be the only chance we have.1

The Duke replied:

I am afraid the election will be very precarious if Mr. Rivett persists; which I imagine he now is so engaged that he cannot be prevailed upon not to do; and to attempt to persuade without hope of success might not be so proper... it is evident to me by the names that have been sent up it is not for Mr. Rivett's sake that this is done and it would be surprising if anyone that sincerely wishes him well should advise him to it. Instances have been frequent of families suffering greatly by being chose for towns where they reside. It must be a large estate to support the expense that must attend it. As to these gentlemen that used to be in the Whig interest and have now set up Mr. Rivett, I suppose the pretext is that they do not know Captain Stanhope and that he is not of the county and that some of the county should have been set up.

Rivett's return by a large majority was most embarrassing to the Duke, who foresaw that he would be suspected of having 'acted a double part' in the affair.2 This unfounded suspicion was voiced by the 2nd Lord Egmont, who in his electoral survey, c.1749-50, wrote: 'Rivett may be gained to act independently of the Duke, since it can never be owned that he owes his election to the Duke of Devonshire, who played false to Chesterfield at the last choice'. At the next general election Rivett was persuaded not to stand by the promise of 'a place in some of the inferior commissions, and in the meantime 300 a year' from the secret service money.3 He died, still in receipt of his pension, 6 Apr. 1763.

1 Walpole to Mann, 26 Dec. 1748; mayor of Derby and others to Devonshire, 6 Dec, T. Gisborne and others to Devonshire, 12 Dec. and J. Gisborne jun. and others to Devonshire, 13 Dec. 1748, Devonshire mss.
2 To Gisborne, 15 Dec. 1748, ibid.
3 Namier, Structure, 435 n. 2.

7 Gentlemans Magazine, February, 1757. Rivett, Thomas
Title(s): Esq.
Address(es): Derby
Date: February, 1757
Local Govt Office(s): Sheriff of Derbyshire, Appointed in February, 1757

8 Thomas Norris INCE 1799-1860, Wirksworth - Parish Records "PEDIGREES".

9 William Courthorpe Esq., editor, Debrett's Baronetage of England (London: J. G. & F. Rivington, 1839), p. 453.

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