- Thomas Tomkinson, Muggletonian 1631 - 1710
Son of Richard and Ann Tomkinson of Sladehouse, parish of Ilam, Staffordshire, he came of a substantial family of tenant-farmers long settled in the parishes of Ilam and Blore Ray. He was the ablest of Muggleton's adherents and their best writer. Imperfect education shows itself in some extravagant literary blunders, and his orthography is a system by itself, yet he often writes with power.
See The (English) Dictionary of National Biography [excerpt].
- James Tomkinson of Dorfold Hall, 1711 - 1794
He is described as 'a clever legal man', 'a grasping lawyer', an eminent lawyer', 'wealthy', 'parsimonious. Whatever his character James Tomkinson typified the rise of the professional classes in the 18th century, their increasing status and the role lawyers played in the financial affairs of their clients. James was born at Bostock in the parish of Davenham. His father William Tomkinson was also a lawyer practising in Manchester until his death in 1718.
James acquired the Dorfold Hall Estates in 1754. The Dorfold estates remained firmly and soundly in the Tomkinson family for the next 90 years until a marriage with the Tollemaches merged the lands of the two families.
See the article by Jane Lincoln From Nantwich Museum Newsletter, October 2003.
- John Tomkinson 18?? - 18??
established the Victoria Works Potteries in Tunstall in 1858. In 1861 he took on a partner, G W Turner. In 1873, John Tomkinson retired.
Has anyone traced any further information on this man?
- Samuel Tomkinson 1851 - 1900
Born in Wrexham, Denbighshire, North Wales the Son of Charles and Elizabeth Tomkinson who emigrated to Australia to Sydney in 1850 to work for the Australiasian Bank, was transferred to Adelaide in 1851,where he worked for the same banking organization. During his further life he married Charlotte MacDermott in 1853 and produced 12 children, 7 sons and 5 daughters. He became a person of some note in South Australia being at the end a State Government politician. Such was his being held in high regard that there are several landmarks named in his honour, some being the Tomkinson Ranges which straddle to border from north west South Australia into West Australia and also the Tomkinson River in Arhnam land in the Northern Territory.
See Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol 6, 1851-1890, R-Z [excerpt]
- Michael Tomkinson of Franche Hall 1841 - 1921
Born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, son of a mercer/draper. In partnership with a textile engineer William Adam, he established Tomkinson Carpets in 1869. His greatest coup was to obtain the English patent rights to Halcyon Skinner's Spool Axminster Loom. He later became involved in local politics [eventually High Sherriff of Worcestershire in 1892] and travelled extensively. He also became a great collector, best known for his collection of Japanese works of art, and for his books. In 1871 he married the daughter of a Yorkshire spinner Annie Stonehouse. Their children included Vice-Admiral Wilfred Tomkinson, Colonel Martin Tomkinson, Cricketer Geoffrey Tomkinson, Chemist Margaret Tomkinson, and Kenyan Provincial Commissioner Charles Tomkinson.
See 'Those Damned Tomkinsons' by Geoffrey Tomkinson, 1950
Rob Tomkinson November 2003