Philip Sherard (MP)

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Philip Sherard (17 November 1623 - 1695) was an English soldier, landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1685.

Sherard was the son of William Sherard, 1st Baron Sherard and his wife Abigail Cave.[1] He was a student at St John's College, Oxford in 1639 and travelled abroad in Italy in 1641. He was a captain in the Dutch army to 1645. He enjoyed field sports and settled at the family estate of Whissendine, Rutland, holding no local office until the Restoration.[2]

In 1660, Sherard was elected Member of Parliament for Rutland in the Convention Parliament. He was one of those proposed as Knight of the Royal Oak, and his estate had a yearly income of £600. In 1661, he was re-elected MP for Rutland in the Cavalier parliament. He was re-elected in the two elections of 169 for the First and Second Exclusion Parliaments and again in 1681.[2]

Sherard died at the age of 71 and was buried at Whissendine on 4 March 1695.[2]

Sherard married Margaret Eure widow of a son of Lord Eure and daughter of Sir Thomas Denton of Hillesden, Buckinghamshire.[1] His son Bennet was also MP for Rutland.[2]

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