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John Glanville

Sir John Glanville the younger (1586–2 October 1661),was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1644. He was Speaker of the English House of Commons during the Short Parliament. He supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War.

Glanville was the son of Sir John Glanville the elder, of Broad Hinton in Wiltshire. His father was a judge and Member of Parliament. Glanville was brought up as an attorney, but entered Lincoln's Inn and was called to the bar on 6 February 1610. He was Recorder of Plymouth from 1614.[1] He was elected Member of Parliament for Liskeard in 1614. In 1621 he was elected MP for Plymouth. He was re-elected MP for Plymouth in 1624. He was secretary to the Lord Admiral of the Fleet during the Duke of Buckingham's assault on Cádiz in 1625, and managed several of the articles of his impeachment over the next three years. He was re-elected MP for Plymouth in 1625 and opposed the Crown in the 1620s, preparing a protest against the dissolution of Parliament in 1625. He was re-elected MP for Plymouth in 1626. He was re-elected MP for Plymouth in 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years. At some time he was proctor for the dean and chapter of Windsor.[1]

In January 1630, Glanville became a reader of his Inn. He became serjeant-at-law on 20 May 1637 and bencher of his Inn on 14 June 1637. He was Recorder of Bristol from 1638. In April 1640 he was elected MP for Bristol in the Short Parliament when he served Speaker. He spoke so strongly against ship money during his term as Speaker that the court party contrived to prevent him coming down to the House on the day the Short Parliament was dissolved. Nevertheless he became King's Serjeant on 6 July 1640 and then onwards he supported the King. In November 1640, he was re-elected MP for Bristol for the Long Parliament. He was knighted on 7 August 1641.[1] He sat in the King's Parliament at Oxford and was awarded DCL at Oxford on 31 January 1644.[2] In January or September 1644, he was disabled from sitting in parliament. He was also replaced as recorder of Bristol by Edmund Prideaux. In 1645 he was imprisoned by Parliament in the Tower of London until he was released on 7 July 1648. He fined was £2320 for his support for the King. In 1659 he was elected MP for St Germans in the Third Protectorate Parliament but was disqualified.[1]

Following the Restoration, Glanville was reappointed King's Serjeant on 6 June 1660.[1]

Glanville married Winifred Bourchier, daughter of William Bourchier of Barnsley Gloucestershire in about 1613. He had sons Francis who was killed at the siege of Bridgwater, William who was MP for Camelford and Julius.


  • D. Brunton and D. H. Pennington, Members of the Long Parliament (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954)
  • Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808) [1]
  • Maija Jansson (ed.), Proceedings in Parliament, 1614 (House of Commons) (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1988)

External links

  • mention of him
  • Glanville's Journal of the Voyage to Cadiz in 1625 (Printed by the Camden Society in 1883)
Preceded by
Sir William Killigrew
Reginald Nicholas
Member of Parliament for Liskeard
With: Richard Connock
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Coke
Nicholas Hele
Preceded by
William Strode
James Bagg
Member of Parliament for Plymouth
With: Thomas Sherville
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Bristol
With: Humphrey Hooke
Succeeded by
Humphrey Hooke
Richard Longe
Preceded by
Humphrey Hooke
Richard Longe
Member of Parliament for Bristol
With: John Tailer
Succeeded by
Richard Aldworth
Luke Hodges

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