Edward Wynter

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Edward Wynter (born 1560) was an English sailor, landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1587 and 1601.

Wynter was the son of admiral Sir William Wynter. He matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford on 20 December 1577, aged 17 and was awarded BA on 28 January 1579. He was a student of the Inner Temple in 1579. In 1587, he was elected Member of Parliament for Newport.[1]

In August 1588, Wynter served on board his father's ship against the Spanish Armada. He was elected MP for Gloucestershire in 1589. He was knighted in 1595 and was High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1598. On 19 January 1601, he became Constable of St. Briavel's Castle and Keeper of the Forest of Dean on the death of the 2nd Earl of Pembroke. He was elected MP for Gloucestershire again in 1601. On 10 January 1609, he surrendered his posts as constable and keeper to the 3rd Earl of Pembroke. He began making iron in the Forest of Dean and purchased wood from the Crown in 1611 to do so, but this led to several disputes with the Commoners of the Forest, who were concerned that they would have no wood left for their own use.

Wynter probably died before 15 March 1627, when his son, Sir John Wynter paid for 4000 cords of wood to be felled in the Forest of Dean.[1]

Wynter married Lady Anne Somerset daughter of Edward Somerset, Earl of Worcester, on 11 August 1595.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Robert Mordaunt
Walter Covert
Member of Parliament for Newport
With: John Osborne
Succeeded by
William Cavendish
Daniel Rogers
Preceded by
William Bridges
Sir William Wynter
Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire
With: Sir Thomas Throckmorton
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Poole
Sir John Pointz
Preceded by
Sir John Tracy
Sir John Hungerford
Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire
With: John Throckmorton
Succeeded by
Hon. Sir Thomas Berkeley
Sir Richard Berkeley