Thomas Macknight, a native of Scotland, served in the NC Assembly in 1762, 1771, 1773 and 1775. At the 1775 NC Provincial Congress, Macknight, a Loyalist, who represented Currituck County, refused to sign the Association approving the Continental Congress. Members of the Congress deemed him an object of contempt. Macknight and other members of the Currituck and Pasquotank delegation withdrew from Provincial Congress. Macknight was driven out of North Carolina by violence and fled to Governor Dunmore of Virginia. In early 1776, Macknight paid for part of the defenses around Norfolk, VA, and then went to the Cape Fear region and then fled to England. Macknight made Loyalist claims in North Carolina and Virginia for over 300,000 pounds.