Michael Oldisworth

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Michael Oldisworth (1591 – 1664) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1624 and 1653. He supported the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War.

Oldisworth was the son of Arnold Oldsworth and his wife Lucy Barty daughter of Francis Barty of Antwerp.[1] He was a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and became secretary to the 3rd and 4th Earls of Pembroke. He entered parliament in the interest of the Earls.

In 1624 Oldisworth became Member of Parliament for Old Sarum after Sir Arthur Ingram chose to sit for York instead. He was re-elected MP for Old Sarum in 1625, 1626 and 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[2]

In April 1640, Oldisworth was elected MP for Salisbury in the Short Parliament. In November 1640 he was returned as MP for Salisbury and Plympton Erle and chose to sit for Salisbury. His patron was a puritan and had broken with the King, and Oldisworth continued to support the parliamentarian cause. He was appointed keeper of Windsor Great Park in 1650 and master of the prerogative office. He was satirised by royalist pamphleteers[3] and praised by Herrick.[4]

Oldisworth married Jane Thomas, widow of William Thomas and daughter of Sir John Stradling, 1st Baronet.[5]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Robert Cotton, 1st Baronet, of Connington
Sir Arthur Ingram
Member of Parliament for Old Sarum
With: Sir Robert Cotton, 1st Baronet, of Connington 1624
Sir Thomas Stradling 1625
Sir Benjamin Rudyerd 1626
Christopher Keightley 1628-1629
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Salisbury
With: Robert Hyde
John Dove
Succeeded by
Not represented in Barebones Parliament
Preceded by
Sir Nicholas Slanning
Sir Thomas Hele, 1st Baronet
Member of Parliament for Plympton Erle
With: Sir Nicholas Slanning
Succeeded by
Hugh Potter
Sir Richard Strode