Walter Pye (lawyer)

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Sir Walter Pye (1571 – 26 December 1635) of The Mynde, was an English barrister, courtier, administrator and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 and 1629.

Biography[edit]

Pye was the son of Roger Pye of The Mynde[1] at Much Dewchurch in Herefordshire. He was educated at St John's College, Oxford and became a barrister at Middle Temple.

He was elected MP for Scarborough in 1597.[1] He was favoured by Buckingham and was made justice in Glamorgan, Breconshire and Radnorshire on 8 February 1617. In 1621 he became attorney-general of the Court of Wards.[2] Also in 1621 he was elected Member of Parliament for Brecon. He was re-elected for Brecon in 1624 and in 1625. In 1626 he was elected MP for Brecon and for Herefordshire and chose to sit for Herefordshire. He was re-elected MP for Herefordshire in 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[3] He was knighted at Whitehall on 29 June 1630.[4]

Pye died at the age of 64 and was buried at Much Dewchurch where there is an elaborate alabaster monument to his memory.[2]

Family[edit]

Pye married Joan, daughter of William Rudshall of Rudshall, Gloucestershire and had a son Walter. His brother Robert Pye was also an MP.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ferris & Coates 2010.
  2. ^ a b Firth 1896, p. 71.
  3. ^ Willis 1750, p. 232
  4. ^ Shaw 1906, p. 198.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Edward Gate
Edward Cary
Member of Parliament for Scarborough
1597
With: Thomas Posthumous Hoby
Succeeded by
Edward Stanhope
William Eure
Preceded by
Sir John Crompton
Member of Parliament for Brecon
1621-1626
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Lynde
Preceded by
John Ruddall
Edward Bridges
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
1626-1629
With: Sir Robert Harley 1626
Sir GIles Bridges 1628-1629
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640