Roger North (died 1651)

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Sir Roger North (18 February 1577 – 17 June 1651) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1621 and 1648.

North was the son of Sir Henry North of Mildenhall, Suffolk and his wife Mary Knevit, daughter of Richard Knevit.[1] He was knighted on 16 June 1618.[2]

In 1621 North was elected Member of Parliament for Eye. He was then elected MP for Suffolk in 1624. In 1625 he was re-elected for Eye again and retained the seat in the 1626 and 1628 elections. He sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[3]

In April 1640, North was re-elected MP for Eye in the Short Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Eye in the Long Parliament in November 1640 and sat until 1648 when he was excluded under Pride's Purge.[3]

North died at the age of 74.

North married firstly Elizabeth Gilbert, daughter of Sir John Gilbert of Great Finborough, Suffolk and had two sons and a daughter. Elizabeth died on 29 November 1612 and he married secondly, Thomasine, daughter of Thomas Clence of Holbrook. His son Henry succeeded him and became a Baronet.[1]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir John Crompton
Sir William Croft
Member of Parliament for Eye
1621–1622
With: Sir John Crompton
Succeeded by
Henry Crofts
Francis Finch
Preceded by
Sir Robert Crane, 1st Baronet
Thomas Clinch
Member of Parliament for Suffolk
1624
With: Sir William Spring
Succeeded by
Sir Edmund Bacon, 2nd Baronet
Thomas Cornwallis
Preceded by
Henry Crofts
Francis Finch
Member of Parliament for Eye
1625–1629
With: Francis Finch
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Eye
1640–1648
With: Sir Frederick Cornwallis 1640–1642
Morris Barrow 1645–1648
Succeeded by
Not represented in Rump Parliament