Francis Moore (barrister)

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Sir Francis Moore (1558 – 20 November 1621) was a prominent Jacobean barrister and Member of Parliament.


He was born the posthumous son of Edward Moore, a yeoman of East Ilsley in Berkshire and educated at Reading Grammar School and St John's College, Oxford.[1]

He became an eminent barrister, working in the Middle Temple, but spent his family life at South Fawley Manor in Berkshire.

One of the ablest lawyers of his day, Moore was appointed counsel and under-steward to Oxford University, of which he was created M.A. on 30 Oct. 1612. In parliament he was a frequent speaker, and is supposed to have drawn the well-known statute of Charitable Uses which was passed in 1601. The conveyance known as lease and release was his invention which remains one of two main ways to extend a lease, each with financial and physical demise advantages and disadvantages.[1]

He began the famous sheep market at East Ilsley and was Member of Parliament for Boroughbridge, Yorkshire in 1589 and then four times for local town of Reading (1597, 1601, 1604, 1614).[2]

He was knighted in 1616, soon after being appointed Under Steward of Oxford University. Sir Francis had several legal reference works published and died at South Fawley on 20 November 1621.

Moore died on 20 November 1621, and was buried at Great Fawley, Berkshire, where he resided.[1]


He had married Anne, the daughter of William Twitty of Boreham, Essex; they had three sons and two daughters. His eldest surviving son, Henry, was made a baronet on 21 May 1627.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Goodwin 1894.
  2. ^ "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGoodwin, Gordon (1894). "Moore, Francis (1558-1621)". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 38. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Neville
Custos Rotulorum of Berkshire
Succeeded by
Richard Lovelace