Humphrey May

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Sir Humphrey May (1573 – 9 June 1630) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1605 and 1629.

May was the fourth son of Richard May, Merchant Taylor of London. He matriculated from St John's College, Oxford on 25 October 1588, graduated B.A. on 3 March 1592 and became student of the Middle Temple in 1592. In February 1604, he was groom of the King's privy chamber.[1]

May was elected Member of Parliament for Beeralston at a by-election in 1605. In 1614 he was elected MP for Westminster. He was elected MP for Lancaster in 1621. In 1624 he was elected MP for Lancaster and also for Leicester and chose to sit for Leicester. In 1625 he was elected MP for Lancaster and Leicester again, but this time chose to sit for Lancaster. He was elected MP for Leicester again in 1626 and 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[2]

May died at his house at St Martin-in-the-Fields at the age of about 57 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

May married twice. He married firstly Jane Uvedale, sister of Sir William Uvedale, of Wickham, Hampshire, by whom he had two daughters and two sons - James of Coldrey and Sir Algernon of Greenwich - before Jane died giving birth to another son, Richard, in May 1615. He married secondly, on 3 February 1616, at Bury St. Edmunds, Judith Pooley, daughter of Sir William Pooley, of Boxted, Suffolk, by whom he had several daughters and three sons, Charles (born 1619), Richard (1621–1644) and Baptist (1628–1698).

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Atye
Sir Richard Strode
Member of Parliament for Bere Alston
1605-1611
With: Sir Richard Strode
Succeeded by
Thomas Crewe
Sir Richard White
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Knyvett
Sir Walter Cope
Member of Parliament for Westminster
1614
With: Edmund Doubleday
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Villiers
Edmund Doubleday
Preceded by
Thomas Fanshawe
William Fanshawe
Member of Parliament for Lancaster
1621-1624
With: Thomas Fanshawe
Succeeded by
John Selden
Thomas Fanshawe
Preceded by
Sir Richard Moryson
Sir William Herrick
Member of Parliament for Leicester
1624-1625
With: William Ive 1624
Thomas Jermyn 1625
Succeeded by
Thomas Jermyn
Sir George Hastings
Preceded by
John Selden
Thomas Fanshawe
Member of Parliament for Lancaster
1625
With: Sir Thomas Fanshawe
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Fanshawe
Thomas Jermyn
Preceded by
Thomas Jermyn
Sir George Hastings
Member of Parliament for Leicester
1626-1629
With: Sir George Hastings 1626
Sir John Stanhope
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640