Sir Charles Wolseley, 2nd Baronet

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Sir Charles Wolseley, 2nd Baronet (c. 1630 – 9 October 1714), of Wolseley in Staffordshire, was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1653 and 1660. He held high office during the Commonwealth.


Wolseley was the eldest son of Sir Robert Wolseley, who had been created a baronet by Charles I in 1628, and succeeded to the baronetcy on 21 September 1646. He entered Parliament as Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire in the nominated Barebones Parliament of 1653, and on the establishment of the Protectorate later the same year was appointed to the Council of State. He was subsequently elected for Staffordshire in the First and Second Parliaments of the Protectorate.[1] In 1658, he was appointed to Cromwell's new Upper House. He represented Stafford in the Convention Parliament of 1660,[1] and was pardoned at the Restoration. Thereafter he retired from public life, but published a number of pamphlets on ecclesiastical matters.

In 1685, Wolseley was arrested on suspicion of complicity in Monmouth's Rebellion, but was subsequently released.

He was buried in Westminster Abbey, and, unlike many of his contemporaries, not disinterred after the reformation. Dean Stanley describes his earthen grave in the southern portion of the Montpensier chapel.


Wolseley married Ann Fiennes, youngest daughter of Viscount Saye and Sele. They had seven sons and ten daughters:


Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Robert Wolseley
(of Wolseley)
Succeeded by
William Wolseley