Nevil Maskelyne (MP)

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Nevil Maskelyne (1611 - 30 August 1679) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660.

Maskelyne was the son of Edmund Maskelyne of Purton and his wife Catherine Davys, daughter of Richard Davys of Little Mylton, Worcestershire. He was a student of Middle Temple in 1627. He succeeded to the estate of Purton on the death of his father in 1630. He avoided involvement in the Civil War, and did not hold any office until the eve of the Restoration. He had an interest at Cricklade, four miles from Purton, as lord of the hundred and of the borough. In 1660, he was elected Member of Parliament for Cricklade in the Convention Parliament where he made no speeches was not named to any committee. He did not stand in 1661. He was awarded the grant of a weekly market and four fairs a year at Cricklade on 18 March 1662 after he reported that he had seized for the king some property of the regicide Sir John Danvers. In 1667 he endowed a parish charity and a Good Friday sermon.[1]

Maskelyne died at the age of about 68 and was buried at Purton.[1]

Maskelyne married firstly on 20 September 1630, Jane Norden, daughter of William Norden of Rowde, Wiltshire and had two sons and a daughter. She died in 1633 and was buried on 28 July 1633. He married secondly on 7 September 1635, Sybil Jacob, daughter of Thomas Jacob of Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire and had four daughters. She died in 1653 and was buried on 30 December 1652.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Not represented in Restored Rump
Member of Parliament for Cricklade
With: Hungerford Dunch
Succeeded by
Sir George Hungerford
John Ernle