John Dutton (politician)

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John Dutton (1594 – 14 January 1657) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1624 and 1644. He supported the Royalist side in the English Civil War.

Dutton was the son of William Dutton, and was baptised on 5 October 1594. He was educated at Exeter College, Oxford and awarded BA on 26 October 1612 and created DCL[clarification needed]. He entered Inner Temple in November 1613. He was imprisoned for refusing to contribute Ship Money and in 1624 was Deputy Lieutenant for Gloucestershire.[1]

In 1624, Dutton was elected Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire and was re-elected in 1625. He was re-elected MP for Gloucestershire in November 1640 for the Long Parliament. He supported the King and was disabled[clarification needed] from sitting in parliament in January 1644.[2]

Dutton sat in the King's parliament at Oxford and was active in making up the defence of Oxford. He signed the loyal letter to the Earl of Essex for peace in 1645 and drew up the articles of Oxford when the garrison was to be surrendered. He was subsequently fined £3434.

Dutton died at the age of 60 and was buried at Sherborne.

Dutton married firstly Elizabeth Baynton, daughter of Sir Henry Baynton, and secondly Anne King, daughter of John King, Bishop of London.


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Robert Tracy
Maurice Berkeley
Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire
With: Sir Thomas Estcourt 1624
Sir Maurice Berkeley
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Tracy
Sir Robert Pointz
Preceded by
Sir Robert Tracy
Sir Robert Cooke
Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire
With: Nathaniel Stephens
Succeeded by
Sir John Seymour
Nathaniel Stephens