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Sir Thomas Chicheley (25 March 1614 – 1 February 1699) was a politician in England in the seventeenth century who fell from favour in the reign of James II. His name is sometimes spelt as Chichele.

Chicheley, who came from Wimpolemarker in Cambridgeshire, was related to the founder of All Souls Collegemarker, Oxford. He was High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire in 1637, and in 1640 was elected to the Long Parliament as one of its MPs; however, being a strong Royalist, he was "disabled from sitting" (in other words expelled) soon after the outbreak of the Civil War. After the Restoration, he was elected once more for Cambridgeshire in the Parliament of 1661-1679, and subsequently sat for the city of Cambridge until his retirement. In 1670 he was knighted, made a member of the Privy Council and appointed Master-General of the Ordnance. He held that office until 1674, when he was succeeded by his son. In 1679 he became Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, but was ejected from office and expelled from the Privy Council on 2 March 1687.

According to Pepys, Chicheley lived extravagantly in Londonmarker, and this was probably the reason that he sold his estate at Wimpole thirteen years before his death.


  • Dictionary of National Biography
  • D Brunton & D H Pennington, Members of the Long Parliament (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954)


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