Francis Hynde

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Francis Hynde (c.1530-96), of Madingley, Cambridgeshire and Aldgate, London, was an English politician.


Sir Francis Hynde was the son of Sir John Hynde, M.P. He married Jane, daughter of Edmund Verney ('of "Penley" in Buckinghamshire').[1] Their elder son and heir, William Hynde, was also an M.P.


He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Cambridgeshire in 1559, 1572 and 1589.[2]

Sir Francis continued the construction of Madingley Hall commenced by his father, in c. 1588-1591 adding a wing in which he made use of materials from the demolition of the church of St Etheldreda at Histon.[3] A supposed haunting of Madingley Hall has been imagined to represent the figure of Sir Francis's mother, Lady Ursula Hynde, wringing her hands in grief over this action.[4]


  1. ^ J.W. Clay (Ed.), The Visitation of Cambridge made in Anno 1575, Continued and Enlarged with the Visitation made in the same County by Henery St George, in Anno 1619, Harleian Society Volume XLI (for year 1897)(London 1897), p. 113. Pendley Manor near Tring passed into the Verney family when the daughter of Sir Robert Whittingham married Sir John Vernon.
  2. ^ History of Parliament online
  3. ^ 'Madingley', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Cambridgeshire, Volume 1: West Cambridgshire (1968), pp. 176-188.
  4. ^ Joan Forman, Haunted East Anglia (Robert Harper 1974), Chapter 5.