Thomas Hunt

(c. 1627—1688) lawyer and whig polemicist

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Thomas Hunt was born in London and died in Utrecht, Holland. He was educated at Queen's College, Cambridge, where he was successively scholar, Fellow and MA. Hunt entered Gray's Inn in 1650, was called to the Bar in 1659, and appointed clerk of assize to the Oxford circuit, only to be dismissed a few months later at the Restoration. From 1660–83, he lived and practised law chiefly at Banbury and served as steward on the estates of both the Dukes of Buckingham and Norfolk. His Whig politics were sharpened through association with Buckingham; his legal career reached a high-spot, possibly through his association with the Catholic Norfolk. Hunt presented part of the Catholic Lord Stafford's unsuccessful defence in his 1679 trial for allegedly participating in the fictitious Popish Plot (1678–81).


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