Sir John Wolstenholme, 1st Baronet

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Sir John Wolstenholme, 1st Baronet (died 1670) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1640. He supported the Royalist side in the English Civil War.


Wolstenholme was the son of Sir John Wolstenholme and his wife Catherine Fanshaw. He became a customs farmer with his father and was knighted by King Charles I.[1]

In April 1640, Wolstenholme was elected Member of Parliament for Queenborough in the Short Parliament.[2] He supported the king in the Civil War, selling property and incurring debts to provide finance for the Royalist cause. As a result, he was then fined by parliament. He and his father's partners in the customs farming business were required to pay £150,000 which led to the sale of his estates. His son Henry and brother in law Sir Thomas Dallison were both killed in the Civil War.[1]

After the Restoration, he became a farmer of customs again and was given a patent for collecting taxes on outbound goods in the Port of London. He was created a baronet, of London, by King Charles II in 1664.[1]

Wolstenholme died in 1670 and was buried on 15 July at Stanmore in St. John's Church which had been built by his father.[3]

Wolstenholme married Ann Dallison of Laughton, Lincolnshire. His son Thomas succeeded to the baronetcy.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d William Betham, The Baronetage of England, or the History of the English Baronets ..., Volume 2
  2. ^ Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. pp. onepage&q&f&#61, false 229–239.
  3. ^ Stanmore Magna, The Environs of London: volume 3: County of Middlesex (1795), pp. 391-403. Date accessed: 5 January 2011
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Queenborough
With: Sir Edward Hales, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Hales, Bt
William Harrison
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of London)
Succeeded by
Thomas Wolstenholme, Bt