Sir John Borlase, 1st Baronet

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Sir John Borlase, 1st Baronet (21 August 1619 – 8 August 1672) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1640 and 1644. He supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War.

Background[edit]

Borlase was born at Littlecote House, Wiltshire, the son of Sir William Borlase and his wife Amy Popham, daughter of Sir Francis Popham.[1] He was educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, where he was matriculated on 30 April 1635. He was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in the following year.[2]

Career[edit]

In April 1640, Borlase was elected Member of Parliament for Great Marlow in the Short Parliament.[1] His re-election as MP for Marlow to the Long Parliament in November 1640 was declared void after a dispute. Instead Borlase was returned as MP for Corfe Castle in 1641.[1] On 4 May 1642, he was created baronet of Bockmer, in the County of Buckingham.[3] He was disabled from sitting for his Royalist tendencies in 1644.[1] In 1645, he was imprisoned by order of Oliver Cromwell, but released for a fine of 2400 £ a year later.[4]

After the Restoration, Borlase represented Wycombe in the Cavalier Parliament from 1661 until his death in 1672.[1]

Borlase died, aged 52 in Bockmer in Buckinghamshire and was buried in Little Marlow four days later.[1]

Family[edit]

Borlase married Alice Bancks, daughter of Sir John Bancks, Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, at St Giles in the Fields, London on 4 December 1637.[1] They had seven children, six daughters and one son.[1] He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his only son John.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h History of Parliament Online - Borlase, Sit John, 1st Bt.
  2. ^ 'Alumni Oxonienses, 1500-1714: Bludworth-Brakell', Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714: Abannan-Kyte (1891), pp. 142-170. Date accessed: 16 May 2011
  3. ^ Courthope, William (1835). Synopsis of the Extinct Baronetage of England. London: G. Woodfall. p. 27. 
  4. ^ David A. Schoonover, ed. (1998). Ladie Borlase's receiptes booke. University of Iowa Press. p. 8. ISBN 0-87745-636-4. 
  5. ^ Burke, John (1841). John Bernhard Burke, ed. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland and Scotland (2nd ed.). London: Scott, Webster, and Geary. p. 75. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Great Marlow
1640
With: Sir William Hicks, 1st Baronet
Gabriel Hippersley
Succeeded by
Bulstrode Whitelocke
Peregrine Hoby
Preceded by
Sir Francis Windebank
Giles Green
Member of Parliament for Corfe Castle
1640-1644
With: Giles Green
Succeeded by
Giles Green
Francis Chettel
Preceded by
Edmund Petty
Richard Browne
Member of Parliament for Wycombe
1661 – 1672
With: Sir Edmund Pye, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir John Borlase, Bt
Sir Edmund Pye, Bt
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of Bockmer)
1642 – 1672
Succeeded by
John Borlase