Christopher Wray (MP)

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Sir Christopher Wray (1601 – 6 February 1646) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1646. He supported the Parliamentary cause in the English Civil War.

Life[edit]

Wray was the son of Sir William Wray, 1st Baronet, of Glentworth of Ashby and Barlings, Lincolnshire and his second wife, Frances Drury, widow of Sir Nicholas Clifford of Bobbing, Kent, and daughter of Sir William Drury of Hawsted, Suffolk, and Elizabeth Stafford. In 1621 he was elected Member of Parliament for Grimsby.[1] He was knighted on 12 November 1623. He was re-elected MP for Grimsby in 1624 and 1625. He was elected again in 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[1] He successfully resisted the levy of ship money in 1636.

In April 1640, Wray was elected MP for Grimsby in the Short Parliament and was re-elected for the Long Parliament in November 1640.[1] He was Deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire under the Militia Ordinance.[2] During the First English Civil War he co-operated in the field with John Hotham. He was appointed on 15 April 1645 commissioner of the admiralty, and on 5 December was appointed a commissioner resident with the Scottish forces besieging Newark. He died on 6 February 1646.[3]

Family[edit]

Wray married Albinia Cecil, daughter of Sir Edward Cecil on 3 August 1623. They had six sons and six daughters. The eldest son, William (created a baronet in June 1660), died in October 1669, leaving, with other issue by his wife Olympia, second daughter of Sir Humfrey Tufton, 1st Baronet of The Mote, Kent, a son, Sir Christopher Wray, who on the extinction of the male line of the elder branch of the family succeeded in 1672 to the Glentworth baronetcy, and died without issue in August 1679. On the death about March 1685–6 of his only surviving brother and successor in title, Sir William Wray, the junior baronetcy became extinct. Christopher Wray's daughter, Frances, married Henry Vane the Younger[2]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir John Wray
Richard Toothby
Member of Parliament for Grimsby
1621–1625
With: Henry Pelham 1621-1625
Succeeded by
Henry Pelham
William Skinner
Preceded by
Henry Pelham
William Skinner
Member of Parliament for Grimsby
1628–1629
With: Henry Pelham
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Grimsby
1640–1646
With: Sir Gervase Holles 1640-1642
Succeeded by
Sir William Wray, Bt
Edward Rossiter