Peter Manwood

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Sir Peter Manwood (1571–1625) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1589 and 1621.


Manwood was the eldest son of Sir Roger Manwood of Hackington and his first wife Dorothy Theobald, daughter of John Theobald of Seal. He was admitted at Inner Temple in November 1583. In 1589, he was elected Member of Parliament for Sandwich. He was commissioner for Dover haven by 1591. He succeeded to the estates of his father in 1592 and was a JP for Kent from 1593. In 1593, he was re-elected MP for Sandwich. He was commissioner for grain in 1596 and commissioner for musters by 1597. In 1597 he was re-elected MP for Sandwich. He travelled abroad in 1598 to increase his knowledge and learning as he tended towards more scholastic interests, and became a member of the Antiquarian Society. He was never called to the bar.[1]

In 1601 Manwood was re-elected MP for Sandwich. He became Deputy Lieutenant from 31 December 1601 and was High Sheriff of Kent from 1602 to 1603. He was knighted in 1603. In 1604 he was elected MP for Saltash. He was MP for Kent in 1614 and was elected MP for Romney in 1621. He had to go abroad because he was heavily in debt, but after making arrangements with hs creditors he returned by the endd of 1623.[1]

Manwood died in 1625.[1]


Manwood married Frances Hart, daughter of Sir George Hart of Lullingstone in January 1588 and had at least seven sons and four daughters. His son John revived the family fortunes.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Edward Peake
Edward Wood
Member of Parliament for Sandwich
With: Edward Peake
Succeeded by
Sir George Fane
Edward Peake
Preceded by
Sir Robert Cross
Alexander Nevill
Member of Parliament for Saltash
With: Thomas Wyvill
Succeeded by
Ranulph Crewe
Sir Robert Phelips
Preceded by
Sir John Scott
Sir John Leveson
Member of Parliament for Kent
With: Sir Thomas Walsingham
Succeeded by
Viscount Lisle
Sir George Fane
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Ingram
Robert Wilcock
Member of Parliament for Romney
With: Francis Featherstonehaugh
Succeeded by
Francis Featherstonehaugh
Richard Godfrey