Robert Jenner (MP)

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Robert Jenner (1584 – 7 December 1651) was an English merchant in the City of London and politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1628 and 1648.

Jenner was a citizen and goldsmith of the City of London. By 1627 he acquired the manor of Widhill in WIltshire. He also acquired the manor of Eysey.[1]

In 1628, Jenner was elected Member of Parliament for Cricklade and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years. In April 1640, he was re-elected MP for Cricklade in the Short Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Cricklade in November 1640 for the Long Parliament, and held the seat until he was excluded under Pride's Purge in 1648.[2] Jenner was in favour of taking a milder course with Charles I at the end of the Civil War, and was reprimanded by Oliver Cromwell for his tenderness.[3] In 1648 he acquired the manor of Marston Meysey.

Jenner Hall, Cricklade

Jenner died at the age of 67 and was buried in Cricklade St Sampson’s Church. He left money for eight almshouses in Malmesbury[1] and for the building and maintenance of a free school at Cricklade.[4] In 1652 a school was built backing onto St Sampson's Churchyard. Later the building became the parish workhouse before going back into use as a school until 1959. It became the Cricklade parish hall and was renamed the Jenner Hall.[5]

Jenner married Elizabeth Longston, daughter of Thomas Longston, citizen and grocer of London.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir William Howard
Sir Robert Hyde
Member of Parliament for Cricklade
With: Sir Edward Hungerford
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Cricklade
1640 - 1648
With: Thomas Hodges
Succeeded by
Not represented in the Rump parliament