Framlingham Gawdy

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Framlingham Gawdy (8 August 1589 – 1654) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1648. He was a passive Parliamentarian during the English Civil War.

Gawdy was the son of Sir Bassingbourne Gawdy of West Harling, Norfolk and his wife Anne Framlingham, daughter of Sir Charles Framlingham of Crow's Hall, Debenham, Suffolk. He was High Sheriff of Norfolk in 1627.[1]

In April 1640, Gawdy was elected Member of Parliament for Thetford in the Short Parliament. He was re-elected in November 1640 as MP for Thetford in the Long Parliament and held the seat until 1648 when he was excluded under Pride's Purge.[2]

Gawdy died at the age of 65. Gawdy had married Lettice Knollys, daughter of Sir Robert Knollys and Catherine Vaughan, and had eight children. His son William Gawdy was also MP for Thetford and was created a baronet and his grandson John Gawdy, who was deaf and dumb was a celebrated painter.[1]


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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir William Twysden
Sir William Paddy
Member of Parliament for Thetford
With: Sir William Twysden 1614–1621
Sir Thomas Holland 1621–1624
Drue Drury 1624–1625
Sir Robert Cotton, Bt 1625–1626
Sir John Hobart, Bt 1626–1628
Succeeded by
Edmund Moundeford
Sir Henry Vane
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Thetford
With: Sir Thomas Wodehouse, 2nd Baronet
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Wodehouse, 2nd Baronet