Thomas Middleton Son of John "First Earl of Middleton" Middleton?

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Hi there. I recently was looking over my Middleton ancestors when I came across a rather thin connection between Thomas Middleton and his father John Middleton (Middleton-933), the 1st Earl of Middleton. After a brief bit of research I could find no evidence to support this connection and so removed it leaving my findings in a Research Notes section on Thomas' profile. While I'm pretty confident that the connection was nothing more than fiction, I was wondering if any Middleton experts had heard of it before and if there might be any possibility that it's actually correct. I'd greatly appreciate any further insight on the matter.

As an aside, John "First Earl of Middleton" Middleton (Middleton-933)'s profile could really use some TLC especially considering that John is something of a historical figure with his own Wikipedia page to boot. I'm not sure if there's a project he could/should be added to, but just thought I'd bring it up.
WikiTree profile: Thomas Middleton
in Genealogy Help by Joseph Rusche G2G Crew (820 points)
edited by John Atkinson

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Best answer

Hi Joseph

You're right there seems to be is no reliable evidence that Thomas Middleton was a son of John Middleton, 1st Earl of Middleton.

The Scots Peerage, vol. 6, p. 185-186 has no such son, and the grandson of the first earl, John Middleton, titular 3rd Earl of Middleton, had no male heirs, which would be incorrect if Thomas was an uncle, given he appears to have descendants.

The Complete Peerage, 2nd ed., vol. 8, p. 697, also makes it clear that when John, 3rd Earl Middleton died, "the issue male of the grantee (John, 1st Earl Middleton) became extinct"

I've also added Scotland to the tags to this question, as that might be the most appropriate project.

by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (430k points)
selected by Joseph Rusche
Thank you for tagging Scotland, John. I'm going to do a small re-work of John Middleton's profile, and I'll welcome your (gentle) critique when I'm finished.

I do note that his first wife's parentage differs between Cokayne and Balfour-Paul. Further research on that will be needed.

I also find no mention of a son Thomas in my wanderings.
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Interesting, I just ran into Lord Middleton today, in Trowell, Nottinghamshire, the seat of one branch of the Hackers until they went extinct.

by Lois Tilton G2G6 Mach 8 (83.1k points)

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