Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Colonel Thomas Blackborne Hildyard (1788-1830)


Thomas was the eldest son of Colonel Thomas Thoroton , and inherited the Flintham and part of the Screveton estate in 1813. In 1815 Thomas married Anne Catherine Whyte (1784-1853), niece and heiress of Sir Robert D'Arcy Hildyard, 4th Baronet (1744-1814), of Winestead and Sedbury, Yorkshire, thereby acquiring Winestead Hall (Red Hall) and extensive estates in Yorkshire. Thomas took the surname Hildyard under the terms of the 4th Baronet's will.

Thomas 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.


Thomas Blackborne Thoroton married Anne Catherine Whyte (1784-1853) in 1815, and took the surname Hildyard. They had:

  • Robert D’Arcy Hildyard (1823-1882), of Colburn Hall, Yorkshire, married Anna F. Jane Burne (-1896) in 1842, and had children 
  • Rev. Henry Charles Hildyard, rector of Rowley and Winestead, married Julia Wharton in 1846, and had children 
  • John George Bowes Hildyard (1828-1919), of Dunnington Hall, Yorkshire, married Caroline Denison (-1894) in 1857, and had children 
  • Anne Catharine Hildyard, unmarried 
  • Mary Anne Hildyard, married Rev. James Chichester. No children 
  • Elizabeth Frances Hildyard (-1869), married Sir John Charles Thorold, 11th Baronet, in 1841, and had children 
  • Esther Sophia Hildyard, married Charles Goad, and had children

Archive Collections

  • Title deeds, estate papers, family wills and settlements, and legal papers, in the Thoroton Hildyard Collection (THF) held by Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham
  • Letters, as High Sheriff of Nottingham, to the Duke of Newcastle, 1817, in the Newcastle (Clumber) Collection (Ne C 4956-4960) held by Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Published Sources

  • Myles Thoroton Hildyard. The Thorotons (privately printed, 1991) [King’s Meadow Campus East Midlands Special Collection Oversize Not 150.V30 THO]  

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