Sir Thomas Hales

Thomas Hales (b. 24 February 1666 d. 07 January 1748) was the 2nd Baronet of Beakesbourne in Kent  and oldest brother of clergyman and natural philosopher Stephen Hales F. R. S. .  He is descended from John Hales, who was a baron of the exchequer under Henry VIII and his grandfather Sir Robert hales was knighted during the restoration. Thomas was responsible for his older siblings after the death of his parents in 1687 and 1692 and saw himself as having to make his own way in life. He married Mary Pym in 1688, the granddaughter of radical parliamentarian leader John Pym. He is mentioned in letter 4523 from Stephen Hales to Sloane as being ‘now very well’.


Stuart Handley, ‘HALES, Sir Thomas, 2nd Bt. (1666 – 1748), of Howletts, Bekesbourne, nr. Cantebury, Kent’, (2002), <>. The History of Parliament, <>, [accessed 13 March 2019].

D. G. C. Allan, ‘Hales, Stephen (1677 – 1761)’, (23 Sept. 2004), <>. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, <> , [accessed 13 March 2019].

Stephen Hales to Hans Sloane, 1732-07-32, Sloane MS 4052, ff. 147-148, British Library, London.

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