Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Thomas Thoroton (1636-1695)


Thomas was the younger son of Robert Thoroton of Car Colston, and brother of Dr Robert Thoroton, the Nottinghamshire historian. He was a London corn-chandler, described as a 'citizen and salter'. He bought some land in Screveton, the neighbouring village to Car Colston, in 1669. In 1685 he bought Kirketon Hall and the manor of Screveton from Peniston Whalley. Kirketon Hall was later known as Screveton Hall and became the home of the Thorotons, although Thomas and his son of the same name mainly lived elsewhere. He also owned property in Haymarket in London, and the Nag's Head Inn near Covent Garden. 


Thomas Thoroton married Rebeccah Harrington, and had: 

  • Robert (1661-), died in infancy
  • Thomas Thoroton (1663-1721)
  • Richard (1664-)
  • Gervase (1666-)
  • Robert (1667-)
  • John 

    Archive Collections

  • Title deeds and estate papers relating to the Screveton estate and property in London, in the Thoroton Hildyard Collection (THF) 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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