Oliver Luke

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Oliver Luke (1574–1648) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England from 1614 to 1648.

Luke was born at Cople Bedfordshire, the son of Sir Nicholas Luke and his wife Margaret St John.[1] In 1614, Luke was elected Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire in the Addled Parliament. He was High Sheriff of Bedfordshire in 1617. He was elected for succeeding parliaments until King Charles dispensed with parliament in 1629. He was subsequently elected for the Short Parliament in April 1640 and for the Long Parliament in November 1640. He remained a supporter of the parliamentary forces but was excluded under Pride's Purge in 1648.[2]

Luke probably died around the age of 74 after he was excluded from the Long Parliament.[3]

Luke married Elizabeth Knightley, daughter of Sir Valentine Knightley and Anne Unton on 17 August 1599. Their son Samuel Luke was also an MP.


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Hon. Oliver St John
Sir Edward Radclyffe
Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire
With: Sir Oliver St John 1614
Sir Beauchamp St John 1621–1622
Oliver St John 1624–1629
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended from 1629
Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire
With: The Lord Wentworth 1640
Roger Burgoyne 1641–1648
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Taylor
Edward Cater
Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Burgoyne
High Sheriff of Bedfordshire
Succeeded by
Sir Edmund Conquest