Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield (1667-1732), Lord Chancellor
Sitter associated with 10 portraits
Trained in the law, Thomas Parker was called to the Bar in 1691 and entered Parliament in 1705. He served as Lord Chief Justice from 1710 to 1717 and as Lord Chancellor from 1718 until suspicions of financial irregularities forced him to resign in 1725. Later that year he was impeached and tried in the House of Lords. He was found guilty of corruption for taking more than one hundred thousand pounds in bribes (more than eleven million in today's currency). He was required to pay a fine of £30,000 and was imprisoned in the Tower of London until the fine was paid.
by Benjamin Ferrers
oil on canvas, circa 1725