John Swinfen

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John Swinfen (19 March 1613 – 12 April 1694) was an English politician [1] who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1645 and 1691. He supported the Parliamentary cause in a civil capacity in the English Civil War.

Swinfen was probably the son of Richard Swinfen, of Swinfen, Staffordshire. He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge and graduated BA in 1632.[2] In 1645, Swinfen was elected Member of Parliament for Stafford in the Long Parliament.[3] He was excluded in Pride's Purge in 1648. He was one of the Parliamentary Commissioners for Staffordshire.

In 1659, Swinfen was elected MP for Tamworth in the Third Protectorate Parliament.[3] He was elected MP for Stafford in 1660 in the Convention Parliament.[3] In 1661 he was elected MP for Tamworth for the Cavalier Parliament and sat until 1679. He was re-elected MP for Tamworth in 1681 and sat until 1685.[3] In 1690, he was elected MP for Bere Alston and sat until 1691.[3]

Swinfen lived at Swinfen Hall near Freeford. He was commonly called " Russet-coat," from his affected plainness of dress.[4] He died at the age of 81 and was buried at Weeford, Staffordshire.[2]

Swinfen married Ann Brandreth, daughter of John Brandreth and Jane Weston.[2]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Ralph Sneyd
Richard Weston
Member of Parliament for Stafford
With: Edward Leigh
Succeeded by
Not represented in the Rump Parliament
Preceded by
Not represented
Member of Parliament for Tamworth
With: Captain Thomas
Succeeded by
Restored Rump