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CodeDS/UK/9
Dates1809 - 1878
Person NameBiddulph; Sir; Thomas Myddleton (1809 - 1878)
SurnameBiddulph
ForenamesThomas Myddleton
PreTitleSir
ActivityHe became a cornet in the 1st Life Guards in 1826, rising to the brevet rank of general in 1877. He was gazetted on 16 July 1851 as master of Queen Victoria's household, for which office he had been selected by Baron Stockmar, and in 1854 he was appointed an extra equerry to the queen.

He was created KCB on 27 March 1863, and was appointed one of the joint keepers of her majesty's privy purse in 1866, in succession to Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps, and in conjunction with General Charles Grey. On Grey's appointment as private secretary to Queen Victoria on 30 April 1867, Sir Thomas Biddulph became sole keeper of the privy purse. In this office, he supervised the queen's financial affairs, with particular responsibility for the royal household, and played an important part in the negotiation of royal grants. In 1877 he was sworn of the privy council. From 1866 until his death he was receiver-general of the duchy of Cornwall, and from 1873 of the duchy of Lancaster.

Sir Thomas Biddulph's official duties involved close attendance on the queen, although she relaxed her usual residence requirements in his case, in order to retain his services.

Sir Thomas Biddulph's relationship with the queen was not entirely harmonious, and he increasingly resented her habit of sending him instructions through her ladies-in-waiting, and her lack of consideration for the families of her household. He was regarded by other members of the royal family as a bulwark against the supposed radicalism of her private secretary, Henry Ponsonby. Both the queen and her family respected his advice, and after his death Victoria described him as ‘one of the best of men, and so straightforward, sensible and true’ (Ponsonby, 53).
RelationshipsOn 16 February 1857 Biddulph married one of the Queen Vicrtoria's maids of honour, Mary Frederica (1824–1902), only daughter of Frederick Charles William Seymour and his first wife, Lady Mary Gordon. They had a son and a daughter.

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