William Fanshawe

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William Fanshawe (1583 – 4 March 1634) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1614 and 1625.


Fanshawe was the second son of Thomas Fanshawe, of Ware Park, Hertfordshire and his second wife Joan Smyth, the daughter of Thomas "Customer" Smythe, of Ostenhanger.[1]


In 1619, Fanshawe purchased Parsloes Manor and 91 acres attached to it in what is now known as Parsloes Park in Dagenham[2] £1150 from Edward Osborne.[3]


Fanshawe was Auditor for the Duchy of Lancaster. In 1614 he was elected Member of Parliament for Lancaster and entered the East India Company. In 1619, he acquired the manor of Parsloes, Essex, which was held by his descendants until 1917.[4] He was elected MP for Clitheroe in 1621 and was re-elected MP for Clitheroe in 1624 and 1625.[1]

Fanshawe died at the age of 51.


  1. ^ a b Pink, William Duncombe; Beaven, Alfred B. The Parliamentary Representation of Lancashire (1889), pp. 251–2
  2. ^ "Parsloes Park". London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Fanshaw, Lady Anne Harrison (1907). The Memoirs of Ann, Lady Fanshawe. London: John Lane Company. p. 291. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Dagenham Local History Information Sheets
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Fanshawe
Sir Thomas Howard
Member of Parliament for Lancaster
With: Thomas Fanshawe
Succeeded by
Thomas Fanshawe
Sir Humphrey May
Preceded by
Sir Gilbert Hoghton, 2nd Baronet
Clement Coke
Member of Parliament for Clitheroe
With: Sir Thomas Walmsley 1621–1622
Ralph Whitfield 1624
Ralph Assheton 1625
Succeeded by
Ralph Assheton
George Kirke