Edmund Moundeford

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Sir Edmund Moundeford (1596 – May 1643) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1628 and 1643.

Moundeford was the son of Sir Edmund Moundeford of Mundford and Hockwold, Norfolk. He attended school at Wymondham, Norfolk under Mr Eston and was admitted at Caius College, Cambridge on 16 January 1612 aged 16.[1] In 1628, he was elected Member of Parliament for Thetford and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[2] He was knighted on 9 December 1629.[3] He was a friend of John Winthrop and was interested in trying to found a puritan colony in the Caribbean.[4]

In April 1640, Moundeford was elected MP for Norfolk in the Short Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Norfolk for the Long Parliament in November 1640. He sat until his death in 1643. By deed dated 10 September 1642, he left property consisting of marsh or fen ground in Feltwell to pay for clothing for the poor of the village and a free school "for the teaching the children of the inhabitants grammar and other learning, freely." There was sufficient income to pay for eight almshouses at Feltwell.[5]

Moundeford died without issue and was buried at Feltwell, Norfolk on 11 May 1643.

Moundeford had four half-sisters of whom Elizabeth, married firstly Miles Hobart and secondly Sir Hugh Cartwright and Muriel married Sir Henry Clere Bt. of Ormesby.[5]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir John Hobart, 2nd Baronet
Framlingham Gawdy
Member of Parliament for Thetford
With: Sir Henry Vane
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Norfolk
With: Sir John Holland, 1st Baronet 1640
Sir John Potts, 1st Baronet 1640–1643
Succeeded by
Sir John Potts, 1st Baronet
Sir John Hobart, 2nd Baronet