William Towse

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William Towse (ca. 1551 – 22 October 1634) was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1586 and 1626.

Towse was from Hingham, Norfolk. He was admitted at Inner Temple in 1571 and was called to the bar. He lived in the Inner Temple until 1614 and audited the steward’s accounts and the treasurer's accounts five times between 1583 and 1600 and served on several committees investigating matters of concern to the inn. In 1586, he was elected Member of Parliament for Bramber. He was a J.P. for Essex from about 1592. In 1595 he became bencher of Inner Temple and in 1597 was summer reader. He was treasurer of the Inn in 1607 and was Lent reader in 1610. In 1614 he became serjeant-at-law and was elected MP for Beverley. He was town clerk of Colchester by 1620 and in his later years lived at Takeley, Essex. In 1621 he was elected MP for Colchester. He was re-elected MP for Colchester in 1624, 1625 and 1626.[1]

Towse died at the age of about 83.[1]

Towse married Jean French and had a son and three daughters.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Nicholas Beaumont
Sampson Lennard
Member of Parliament for Bramber
With: John Porter
Succeeded by
James Altham
John Osborne
Preceded by
William Gee
Allan Percy
Member of Parliament for Beverley
With: Edmund Scott
Succeeded by
Edmund Scott
Sir Christopher Hilliard
Preceded by
Robert Barker
Edward Alford
Member of Parliament for Colchester
With: Edward Alford 1621–1624
Sir Robert Quarles 1625
Edward Alford 1626
Succeeded by
Edward Alford
Sir Thomas Cheek