Lawrence Hyde (attorney-general)

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Sir Lawrence Hyde II (1562 – 26 January 1641) was an English lawyer who was Attorney-general to the consort of King James I, Anne of Denmark. He sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1584 and 1611.

Origins[edit]

Hyde was the second son of Lawrence Hyde I (d.1590) of West Hatch, Wiltshire, MP for Heytesbury in 1584, by his second wife Anne Sibell, daughter of Nicholas Sibell of Farningham, Kent, and widow of Matthew Colthurst of Claverton, Somerset.[1] He was the brother of Henry Hyde (c.1563-1634), MP, and Sir Nicholas Hyde (c.1572-1631), Lord Chief Justice.

Career[edit]

He matriculated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford in around 1579, aged 17 and was awarded BA on 9 March 1580.[2] He was elected Member of Parliament for Chippenham in 1586.[3] He lived at Heale, near Salisbury and was called to the bar at Middle Temple in 1589.[2]

Hyde was elected MP for Heytesbury in 1597 and for Marlborough in 1601 and 1604.[3] He became Attorney-general to Anne of Denmark, consort of King James I, and was knighted on 27 November 1614. In 1616 he became treasurer of the Middle Temple.[2]

Marriage & progeny[edit]

Hyde married Barbara Castillion, daughter of John Baptista Castillion of Benham, Berkshire, by whom he had 12 sons and 5 daughters.[4] Four of his sons rose to significant positions:

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