Edward Giles

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Sir Edward Giles (1566–1637) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1597 and 1629.

Giles was the son John Giles of Bowden, Devon and was baptised at Totnes on 21 July 1566. He matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford on 1 February 1583, aged 17. He was a student of Middle Temple in 1584.

In 1597, he was elected Member of Parliament for Totnes. He was knighted on 23 July 1603 and appointed High Sheriff of Devon for 1612–13. In 1614 he was elected MP for Devon. He was elected MP for Totnes again in 1621 and was re-elected in 1624 and 1625. In 1628 he was elected MP for Totnes again and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[1]

Giles died at the age of 71 and was buried at Dean Prior on 28 December 1637.[1] Giles had married Mary Drew-Northcote on 28 January 1587 at Newton St Cyres, Devon, England and had two children, a boy and a girl. His son, Adam Giles,was born 21 March 1595 in Newton Toney, Wiltshire, England. Mary Drew-Northcote married a Mr.Northcote before being married to Edward Giles. Her maiden name was Drew. Edward's father, John Giles, also held office as a Member of Parliament for Totnes, and Edward's great-grandfather, also a John Giles, did as well. His Great-Grandfather was also the richest merchant in Devon in his time, leasing the many properties he owned in and around Totnes, Dean-Prior, Bowden,and Ashprington. Edward's grandfather, William,was a knight.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Richard Sparry
Christopher Savery
Member of Parliament for Totnes
1597
With: Christopher Buggin
Succeeded by
Leonard Darre
Philip Holditch
Preceded by
Sir Edward Seymour, 1st Baronet
Sir John Acland
Member of Parliament for Devon
1614
With: John Drake
Succeeded by
John Drake
Sir Edward Seymour, 2nd Baronet
Preceded by
Nathaniel Rich
Lawrence Adams
Member of Parliament for Totnes
1621–1624
With: Richard Rood 1621–1622
Arthur Champernowne 1624
Sir Edward Seymour, 2nd Baronet
Succeeded by
Arthur Champernowne
Philip Holditch
Preceded by
Arthur Champernowne
Philip Holditch
Member of Parliament for Totnes
1628–1629
With: Thomas Prestwood
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640