George Fane (of Burston)

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Sir George Fane (1581 – 26 June 1640) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1601 and 1640

Fane was the second son of Sir Thomas Fane of Badsell in Kent, by his second wife, Mary Neville daughter of Henry Nevill, 6th Baron Bergavenny and his wife, the former Lady Frances Manners. He was matriculated from Queens' College, Cambridge in 1595 and admitted at Lincoln's Inn on 19 November 1597.[1]

Arms of Fane quartering Neville, Barons Bergavenny (Gules, a saltire argent charged with a rose of the field[2]), relating to parentage of George Fane of Burston, younger son of Sir Thomas Fane and Hon. Mary Neville. A crescent is shown as the difference for a second son. Engraving of the tomb of himself and his wife Elizabeth Spencer (d.1618) in Westminster Abbey

In 1601, Fane was elected Member of Parliament for Dover.[3] He was knighted on 23 July 1603 at the coronation of King James I.[4] In 1604 he was elected MP for Sandwich and in 1614 MP for Dover again. He was elected MP for Kent in 1621. In 1624 he was elected MP for Maidstone and was elected again in 1626 and 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[3]

In April 1640 Fane was elected again as MP for Maidstone in the Short Parliament.[3]

Fane died at the age of 59

Fane married firstly Elizabeth Spencer, daughter of Lord Spencer (of Althorp) and his wife Margaret Willoughby on 3 September 1607 but they had no children. Elizabeth died in 1618 and was buried on 19 November 1618 in St Nicholas’ chapel in Westminster Abbey where there is a large and elaborate monument of alabaster and marble.[5] Fane's second wife was Anne Boteler, by whom he had six children

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Fane
William Leonard
Member of Parliament for Dover
1601
With: George Newman
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Waller
George Bing
Preceded by
Peter Manwood
Member of Parliament for Sandwich
1604-1611
With: Edward Peake
John Griffith
Succeeded by
Robert Hatton
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Waller
George Bing
Member of Parliament for Dover
1614
With: George Bing
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Mainwaring
Sir RIchard Young
Preceded by
Sir Peter Manwood
Sir Thomas Walsingham
Member of Parliament for Kent
1621-1622
With: Viscount Lisle
Succeeded by
Nicholas Tufton
Sir Edwin Sandys
Preceded by
Sir Francis Fane
Sir Francis Barnham
Member of Parliament for Maidstone
1624
With: Thomas Stanley
Succeeded by
Edward Mapleton
Thomas Stanley
Preceded by
Edward Mapleton
Thomas Stanley
Member of Parliament for Maidstone
1626-1629
With: Francis Barnham
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Maidstone
1640
With: Francis Barnham
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Barnham
Sir Humfrey Tufton