Chaloner Chute

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Chaloner Chute

Chaloner Chute (died 14 April 1659) was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1654 and 1659. He was Speaker briefly in 1659.

Chute was the son of Chaloner Chute of the Middle Temple. He was admitted to Middle Temple and was called to the bar. He developed a great reputation at the bar and was defence lawyer in several high-profile cases including Sir Edward Herbert (the king's attorney-general), Archbishop Laud, the eleven members of the House of Commons charged by Fairfax and his army as delinquents, and James Duke of Hamilton.[1] In 1653 he bought The Vyne, the Tudor palace which is located near Sherborne St John on the outskirts of Basingstoke in Hampshire. He demolished much of the northern part of the decaying building and employed the architect John Webb, a pupil of Inigo Jones, to add the portico to the north front in the 1650s, the first of its kind on an English country house.

The Vyne
Memorial to Chaloner Chute in the chapel of The Vyne in Hampshire

Chute was elected Member of Parliament for Middlesex in the Second Protectorate Parliament in 1656 (but was prevented from taking his seat). He was elected MP for Middlesex again to the Third Protectorate Parliament in 1659 and became its first Speaker.[2] However he had to stand down because of ill health and died in April.

Chute married Anne Place, widow of William Place of Dorking, Surrey and daughter of Sir John Scory of Wormesley, Herefordshire. He was succeeded by his only surviving son Chaloner.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ biography
  2. ^ Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. pp. onepage&q&f&#61, false 229–239.
  3. ^ History of Parliament Online - Chaloner Chute
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir James Harrington, Bt
Sir William Roberts
Josiah Berners
Edmund Harvey
Member of Parliament for Middlesex
With: Sir John Barkstead 1656
Sir William Roberts 1656
William Kiffen 1656
Francis Gerard 1659
Succeeded by
Not represented in Restored Rump
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke
Speaker of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Sir Lislebone Long