William Cage (parliamentarian)

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William Cage (died 4 November 1645) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1614 and 1645. He supported the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War.

Cage was the eldest son of Edward Cage of Ipswich.[1] He was a portman of Ipswich and seven times bailiff of the town.

Cage was elected Member of Parliament for Ipswich in 1614, 1621, 1624, 1625 and 1626.

Elected again in 1628, he held the seat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule for eleven years without parliament. He was then re-elected for the Short Parliament in April 1640 and the Long Parliament in November 1640, holding the seat until his death.[2]

Cage had a country house at Burstall, Suffolk with an estate considered at about £300 per annum.[3] He was "reputed a wise man".[4] He died in 1645 and was buried in the church at Burstall.[1]

Cage's daughter Elizabeth married Thomas Blosse and their son Thomas inherited the estate at Burstall.[1][3]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Henry Glenham
Sir Francis Bacon
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Sir Robert Snelling 1614–1627
Edmund Day 1628–1629
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: John Gurdon
Succeeded by
John Gurdon
Francis Bacon