Francis Goodwin (MP)

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Sir Francis Goodwin (1564–10 August 1634) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1586 and 1626.

Goodwin was the son of Sir John Goodwin and his second wife Anne Spencer, daughter of Sir William Spencer. In 1586, he was elected Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire. He was elected MP for Wycombe in 1589. From 1591 he was a J.P. for Buckinghamshire and in 1596 was commissioner for musters.[1] He succeeded to the title of Upper Winchendon in 1597 on the death of his grandfather,[2] and in that year was elected MP for Buckinghamshire again. He was knighted in 1601.[1]

Goodwin's election for Buckinghamshire in 1604 in circumstances where he was challenged over outlawry led to a significant constitutional confrontation, "Goodwin's Case", between the House of Commons and James I of England.[3] The result was ultimately overturned but Goodwin was elected later that year in a by-election for Buckingham after the death of the sitting MP. He was elected MP for Buckinghamshire again in 1614. In 1618, he settled the manor of Upper Winchendon on his son Arthur at the time of his marriage.[2] He was re-elected MP for Buckinghamshire in 1621. He obtained a grant from the king of the whole of his inheritance of Upper Winchendon in about 1623.[2] From 1623 to 1624 he was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire. He was elected MP for Buckinghamshire again in 1625 and in 1626.[1]

Goodwin died at the age of about 70 in 1634.[1]

Goodwin married Elizabeth Grey, daughter of Arthur Grey, 14th Baron Grey de Wilton. Arthur Goodwin was their son.[1]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Miles Sandys
Griffith Hampden
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
1586
With: John Borlase
Succeeded by
John Fortescue
Thomas Tasburgh
Preceded by
Thomas Ridley
George Fleetwood
Member of Parliament for Wycombe
1589
With: Owen Oglethorp
Succeeded by
Thomas Tasburgh
Thomas Fortescue
Preceded by
Sir John Fortescue
Sir Robert Dormer
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
1597
With: Sir John Fortescue
Succeeded by
Francis Fortescue
Alexander Hampden
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Denton
Sir Edward Tyrrell
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
1606–1611
With: Sir Thomas Denton
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Denton
Sir Ralph Winwood
Preceded by
William Fleetwood
Anthony Tyringham
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
1614–1622
With: Sir William Borlase 1614
William Fleetwood
Succeeded by
Sir William Fleetwood
Sir Thomas Denton
Preceded by
Sir William Fleetwood
Sir Thomas Denton
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
1625–1626
With: Henry Bulstrode
Sir Thomas Denton
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Coke
Sir William Fleetwood