Sir Peter Killigrew, 2nd Baronet

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Arms of Killigrew: Argent, an eagle displayed with two heads sable a bordure of the second bezantée. The bezantée bordure indicates a connection to the ancient Earls of Cornwall

Sir Peter Killigrew, 2nd Baronet (c 1634 - 8 January 1704) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660.


Killigrew was the son of Sir Peter Killigrew (c.1593-1668), Knight (4th son of John V Killigrew (c.1557-1605), of Arwenack, Cornwall, Vice-Admiral of Cornwall and the third Governor of Pendennis Castle), MP for Orkney, Shetland and Caithness in 1659 and for Helston in Cornwall from 1661 - July 1668,[1] commonly known as Peter the Post, because of his great diligence in conveying messages to King Charles I during the Civil War.[2] His mother was Mary Lucas, daughter of Thomas Lucas of St. John's Abbey, Colchester,[3] and sister of Margaret Lucas, wife of William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle (1592-1676) and an attendant of Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I, with whom she went into exile in France, having departed from Pendennis Castle near Arwenack, en route for the Scilly Isles.


In 1660, Killigrew was elected Member of Parliament for Camelford in the Convention Parliament. After a double return, he was seated on 5 May 1660, but his election was declared void 12 June 1660. He inherited the baronetcy on the death of his uncle Sir William Killigrew, 1st Baronet in 1665.[4]

Killigrew married Frances Twisden, daughter of Sir Roger Twisden, of East Peckham, Kent. His only son George was killed in a duel[5] in a tavern in Penryn.[2][4]


  1. ^ History of Parliament biography[1]
  2. ^ a b John Burke, John Bernard Burke A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies
  3. ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of Cornwall: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1530, 1573 & 1620; with additions by J.L. Vivian, Exeter, 1887 [2], p.269
  4. ^ a b Lysons, Daniel (1814). Magna Britannia: Cornwall. T. Cadell and W. Davies. p. 102. 
  5. ^ Gay, Susan E (1903). Old Falmouth. The story of the town from the days of the Killigrews to the earliest part of the 19th century.