Sir William Airmine, 1st Baronet

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Sir William Airmine, 1st Baronet (11 December 1593 – 10 April 1651) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1621 and 1651. He supported the Parliamentary cause in the English Civil War. His name was also spelt William Armine, William Armin, William Armyne or William Armyn.

Background[edit]

Airmine was the son of William Armyne of Osgodby, Lincolnshire and his wife Martha Eure, daughter of Lord Eure.

Public life[edit]

Airmine was created a baronet on 28 November 1619 and succeeded to the estates of his father on 22 January 1622. He was elected Member of Parliament for Boston at least in 1624 and possibly in 1621 to replace Sir Thomas Cheek who sat for another seat. In 1625, he was elected MP for Grantham and in 1626 MP for Lincolnshire. He acted as assistant to the managers of the parliamentary impeachment of the Duke of Buckingham in 1626. In 1627, he refused to collect an arbitrary "loan" which the King had attempted to impose on Lincolnshire, and was imprisoned as a result. He was elected MP for Lincolnshire again in 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years. He was Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1630 and Sheriff of Huntingdonshire in 1639. [1]

In 1641 Airmine was elected MP for Grantham again in the Long Parliament. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he declared for Parliament, and was sent on Parliament's behalf to discuss terms with the King in 1643. He was one of the judges who was elected for the trial of the King in 1649, but refused to sit. He was elected a member of the Council of State in 1649, and was re-elected in 1650 and 1651[1]

Airmine died in 1651 at the age of 57 and was buried at Lavington, otherwise known as Lenton, Lincolnshire.[1]

Family[edit]

Airmine married firstly, on 14 December 1619, Elizabeth Hicks, daughter of Sir Michael Hicks of Beverstone Castle, Gloucestershire, and of Ruckholte, in Low Leyton, Essex.[1] By her he had children William (1622–1658) who succeeded to the baronetcy Theophilus (1623–1644), Michael (1625–1688) who succeeded his brother to the baronetcy, Elizabeth (1621–1679), who married Sir Thomas Style of Wateringbury and Anne (1624–1671), who married Sir Thomas Barnardiston of Great Cotes. Airmine married secondly, on 28 August 1628, Mary Holcroft, widow of Thomas Holcroft of Vale Royal and daughter of Henry Talbot, son of the Earl of Shrewsbury.[1] She was a philanthropist who founded three hospitals, and also took an active interest in missionaries among Native Americans in England's colonies. By her, Sir William had one further child Talbot Airmine (born 1630)

References[edit]

Parliament of England
Preceded by
Anthony Irby
Sir Thomas Cheeke
Member of Parliament for Boston
1624
With: Sir Clement Cotterell
William Boswell
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Barkham, Bt
William Boswell
Preceded by
Sir George Manners
Sir Clement Cotterell
Member of Parliament for Grantham
1625
With: Sir George Manners
Succeeded by
John Wingfield
Edward Stirmin
Preceded by
Sir John Wray, Bt
Sir Nicholas Saunderson, Bt
Member of Parliament for Lincolnshire
1626-1629
With: John Monson 1626
Sir John Wray, 2nd Baronet 1628-1629
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Thomas Hussey
Henry Pelham
Member of Parliament for Grantham
1641-1651
With: Henry Pelham 1641-1653
Succeeded by
Not represented in Barebones Parliament
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of Osgodby)
1619–1651
Succeeded by
William Airmine