Edward Ayscough (died 1699)

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Sir Edward Ayscough (1650 – 3 October 1699) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1685 and 1699.

Ayscough was the son of Sir Edward Ayscough of South Kelsey and his wife Isabel Bolles, daughter of Sir John Bolles, 1st Baronet of Scampton, Lincolnshire. He was baptised on 19 November 1650. He was educated at Melton, Lincolnshire and admitted at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge in 1667. In 1668, he succeeded to the family estates on the death of his father. He studied further in Padua in 1671 and entered Grey's Inn in the same year. He was knighted on 17 January 1672. He was twice appointed Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1683 and 1684. In 1685, he was elected Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby. He was high steward of Great Grimsby from 1686 to October 1688 and commissioner for prizes from 1689 to June 1699. In 1690, he was commissioner for drowned lands.[1]

Ayscough died at the age of about 49 at Grasby, Lincolnshire, and was buried at Stallingborough.[1]

Ayscough married firstly Bridget Skinner daughter of Edward Skinner of Thornton College, Lincolnshire and had a son and two daughters. She died in 1684 and he married secondly on 1 August 1685, Mary Harbord daughter of William Harbord and had a son and seven daughters. His only surviving son Charles died soon after him, and the estates were shared by his daughters, to whom he had made bequests amounting to over £10,000.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
George Pelham
William Brodholme
Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby
With: Sir Thomas Barnardiston, Bt 1685–90
John Chaplin 1690–95
Arthur Moore from 1695
Succeeded by
Thomas Vyner
Arthur Moore