Francis Crossing

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Arms of Crossing of Exeter: Or, on a chevron azure between three crosses crosslet fitchée gules as many bezants[1]

Francis Crossing (1598 - 1638) of Exeter, Devon, was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1626 to 1629.

Crossing was the son of Hugh Crossing, Mayor of Exeter, by his wife Joane Barret, daughter of John Barret of Barnstaple, Devon.[2] He matriculated at Balliol College, Oxford on 11 May 1615 aged 16. In 1626 he was elected Member of Parliament for Mitchell, Cornwall. He was elected MP for Camelford, Cornwall, in 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles I commenced his Personal Rule for eleven years.[3]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Vivian, p.255
  2. ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitation of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.255, pedigree of Crossing of Exeter
  3. ^ 'Alumni Oxonienses, 1500-1714: Covert-Cutts', Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 (1891), pp. 338-365. Date accessed: 21 May 2012
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Henry Sandys
Sir John Smith
Member of Parliament for Mitchell
With: Sir John Smith
Succeeded by
Francis Buller
John Sparke
Preceded by
Edward Lyndley
Sir Thomas Monk
Member of Parliament for Camelford
With: Evan Edwards
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640