Sir John Pakington, 2nd Baronet

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Sir John Pakington, 2nd Baronet (13 August 1621 – 1680) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1640 and 1679. He supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War.

Biography[edit]

Pakington was the son of Sir John Pakington, 1st Baronet and his wife Frances Ferrers, the daughter of Sir John Ferrers of Tamworth. His father and grandfather died when he was very young and he became the ward of Thomas Coventry, later Lord Coventry.

In April 1640, Pakington was elected Member of Parliament for Worcestershire in the Short Parliament. He was elected MP for Aylesbury for the Long Parliament in November 1640.[1] He was disabled from sitting on 20 August 1642 for executing a commission of array for Charles I. He served the King during the English Civil War but was captured and imprisoned in the Tower of London. He appeared at the muster before the Battle of Worcester, and was in consequence tried for treason, but no one would testify against him, probably because he had been captured by the Scots. He was nevertheless fined again.

After the Restoration Pakington was again a Justice of the Peace. In 1661, he was re-elected MP for Worcestershire in the Cavalier Parliament and sat until 1679.[2] He was instrumental in opposing an alleged plot by Andrew Yarranton and other Presbyterians, though they claimed (apparently successfully) that the plot was fabricated.

Pakington died at the age of 58.

Family[edit]

Pakington married Dorothy Coventry, daughter of his ward Lord Coventry.

References[edit]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Worcestershire
1640
With: Sir Thomas Lyttelton
Succeeded by
John Wilde
Humphrey Salwey
Preceded by
Clement Coke
Sir Edmund Verney
Member of Parliament for Aylesbury
1640–1642
With: Ralph Verney
Succeeded by
Thomas Scot
Simon Mayne
Preceded by
Henry Bromley
John Talbot
Member of Parliament for Worcestershire
1661–1679
Succeeded by
Samuel Sandys
Thomas Foley
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John Pakington
Baronet
(of Ailesbury)
1624–1680
Succeeded by
John Pakington