Thomas Paxton was born on the 9th May 1860 in Collessie, Fife.
He went to Glasgow at an early age and joined the police force. He also became a proprietor of a workmen’s hotel.
Thomas became Lord Provost and Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Glasgow in 1920, a very popular Lord Provost as the citizens of Glasgow saw him as one of their own, possibly on account that he rose through the ranks to his high position.
Blunt and sociable in his conversation he was a great favourite with distinguished visitors to the city, The Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) enjoyed his visits to the city during Sir Thomas's tenure of Lord Provost.
He was succeeded in office by Sir Matthew Walker Montgomery Past Master of The Glasgow Star Lodge No.219 (see his own article). Sir Matthew hosted a function in the City Chambers to commemorate Sir Thomas’s 20years service to the city. It was here that he unveiled the Portrait that was commissioned and painted by Sir William Olpern. (as above)
In 1923 Thomas was invited to become the prospective Unionist candidate for the Tradeston Division of the City, Sir Thomas stated that he would give the proposal careful consideration. A few days later he declined the Invite.
He was created a baronet of Letham in the Parish of Monimail, Fife in 1923. The Baronetcy became extinct when Sir Thomas passed away.
Sir Thomas was injured when he was run down by a motor car and confined to his house, Lady Paxton received a telegram from The Prince of Wales, Buckingham Palace expressing his sadness on hearing of the accident and was progressing as well as possible.
6 months later Sir Thomas passed away at home, his funeral took place on Wednesday 19th March 1930. He is buried in Hillfoot cemetery in Glasgow.
Sir Thomas Paxton Founder Member Lodge Greyfriars No.1221, The Lodge is now in darkness, so its very difficult to get more information.