Giles Strangways

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Giles Strangways (3 June 1615 – 20 July 1675) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1640 and 1675. He fought on the Royalist side in the English Civil War

Strangways was the son of Sir John Strangways of Melbury in Somerset. In April 1640, he was elected Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis in the Short Parliament. He was elected MP for Bridport in the Long Parliament in November 1640.[1] He supported the King and was a Colonel in a regiment of horse. He was disabled from sitting in parliament in January 1644 and was fined £10,000 for the service of the navy in August 1644. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London for two and a half years, partly as a hostage for his father. When he was set free, he had a very large gold medal struck, to commemorate his imprisonment.[2]

In 1651, as Charles was trying to get out of England after losing the Battle of Worcester, while Charles II stayed at Trent Manor, the home of Francis Wyndham, Wyndham consulted with his cousin[3] Strangways about finding a ship to carry Charles to France. Strangways was unable to help find a boat, but was able to provide 300 gold pieces to Charles, and encouraged Wyndham to search further in the area around Lyme (present-day Lyme Regis.) [4]

In 1661 Strangways was elected MP for Dorset for the Cavalier Parliament remaining until his death in 1675.[1]

Strangways married Susanna Edwards, daughter of Thomas Edwards mercer of London. Their sons Thomas, John and Wadham were all MPs in Dorset.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis
With: Sir John Strangways
Richard King
Thomas Gyard
Succeeded by
Sir John Strangways
Sir Gerrard Napier, 1st Baronet
Sir Walter Erle
Preceded by
Thomas Trenchard
Sir John Meller
Member of Parliament for Bridport
With: Roger Hill
Succeeded by
Roger Hill
Roger Ceeley
Preceded by
John Fitzjames
Robert Coker
Member of Parliament for Dorset
With: John Strode
Succeeded by
John Strode
Lord Digby