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Edward Spencer (English politician)

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Sir Edward Spencer (1594 – 16 February 1656) was an English landowner, lawyer, knight, nobleman, and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1621 and 1648.


Spencer was the son of Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton and his wife Margaret Willoughby the daughter of Sir Francis Willoughby and Elizabeth Lyttelton.[1] He was baptised at Brington on 2 March 1594. He matriculated at Corpus Christi, Oxford on 13 November 1609, aged 14 and was awarded BA on 18 February 1612. In 1618 he was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn.[2]

Boston Manor House
Boston Manor House

In 1621, Spencer was elected Member of Parliament for Brackley. He was re-elected MP for Brackley in 1624 and 1625.[3] He was of Boston Manor when he was knighted at Hampton Court on 27 December 1625.[4] In 1626 he was elected MP for Middlesex. He was re-elected MP for Middlesex in May 1648 as a recruiter to the Long Parliament, but was excluded under Pride's Purge in December.[2]

Spencer died at the age of 61 and was buried at Great Brington, Northamptonshire.[5]


Spencer married Lady Margaret Reade, widow of Sir William Reade of Osterley and daughter of John Goldsmith of Welby Suffolk.[5] She was the builder of the Jacobean Boston Manor in 1622.[6] They had no children.


  1. ^ The Spencer Family Tree Archived 2009-08-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b 'Alumni Oxonienses, 1500-1714: Spackman-Stepney', Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 (1891), pp. 1394-1422. Date accessed: 22 May 2012
  3. ^ Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II:  A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. pp. 229–239.
  4. ^ Knights of England
  5. ^ a b Arthur Collins, Sir Egerton Brydges Collins's peerage of England; genealogical, biographical, and ..., Volume 1
  6. ^ London Metropolitan Archives - Clitherow family

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir William Spencer
Arthur Tyringham
Member of Parliament for Brackley
With: Sir Thomas Wenman
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Wenman
John Crew
Preceded by
Sir John Francklyn
Sir Gilbert Gerard, Bt
Member of Parliament for Middlesex
With: Sir Gilbert Gerard, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Darcy
Sir Henry Spiller
Preceded by
Sir John Francklyn
Sir Gilbert Gerard, Bt
Member of Parliament for Middlesex
With: Sir Gilbert Gerard, Bt
Succeeded by
Not represented in Rump Parliament
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