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|Full Name:||Thomas Thynne|
Initial Impression of Personality
He dressed as if he were the epitome of the Restoration rake, sporting "a grey wide-brimmed hat, silk shirts and stockings ... a lace embroidered waistcoat, black velvet breeches and a green frock coat", all topped off with his signature piece, a gold-fringed scarf fully seven yards long.
Thomas suffers from a split personality, which has led to concern amongst his friends and peers. At times Thomas appears nothing short of a man-child, taking great pleasure in the simplest things in life, and nursing kittens as if they are his children. And other times he had the capacity to be more eloquent and pass for charming company.
Born in 1648, Thomas Thynne the eldest son of Sir Thomas Thynne, and Stuarta, the daughter and heiress of Walter Balcanquhall, Dean of Durham. Having matriculated from Christ Church, Oxford University, on 14 December 1666, two years later he entered at the Middle Temple, but it was not until the death of his childless uncle, Sir James Thynne, in 1670, that he inherited Longleat House and the family's estates, and became known as 'Tom o' Ten Thousand' for the simple reason that he was believed to have an income of £10,000 per annum.
Whether this was true or not, Thomas was indeed wealthy; far richer than most peers. He spent most of his wealth on his own pleasure.
Having attended Oxford, he joined the entourage of James Stuart, Duke of York, but later some quarrel arose between the two, and Tom switched allegiance to the rival camp of James Scott, Duke of Monmouth. Thomas spent most of his time at his London house in Cannon Row, leaving his Wiltshire estates in the hands of agents, and himself free to tour London's brothels and gaming houses, in the company of the Duke of Monmouth.
He is also friends with Lord Kinrosse