MANWOOD, Roger II (by 1532-92), of the Inner Temple, London.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1532, 2nd s. of Thomas Manwood of Sandwich, Kent by Catherine, da. of John Galloway of Cley, Norf.; bro. of John. educ. St. Peter’s sch. Sandwich; I. Temple, adm. Feb. 1548, called by 1555. m. (1) settlement 30 May 1571, Dorothy (d. 14 Sept. 1575), da. of John Theobald of Seal, Kent, wid. of John Croke of London and of Christopher Allen of London, 3s. inc. Peter 2da.; (2) Elizabeth, da. of John Coppinger of Allhallows, Kent, wid. of John Wilkins of Stoke, Kent, s.p. Kntd. 15 Nov. 1578.2

Offices Held

Common serjeant, I. Temple 1552, bencher 1558, Lent reader 1565, serjeant-at-law 1567.

Recorder, Sandwich Apr. 1555-66; j.p.q. Kent 1561-d., Mdx. 1564-d., many other counties from 1573; commr. Rochester bridge 1561, 1568, 1571, 1574; steward or judge of Chancery and Admiralty cts. of Dover temp. Eliz; steward of liberties to Archbishop Parker to 1572; puisne judge c.p. 14 Oct. 1572; circuit judge, w. circuit by 1573-4, Oxford circuit by 1587; chief baron, Exchequer 17 Nov. 1578-d.; member, High Commission 23 Apr. 1576; receiver of petitions in the Lords, Parlts. of 1584, 1586, 1589.3


Roger Manwood was educated at Sandwich, in the grammar school attached to Thomas Ellis’s chantry. Admitted to the Inner Temple, he was called to the bar by 1555, perhaps even by July 1553, the date of his first known payment of 20s.—raised in 1555 to 40s. and two years later to £3—as counsel to the Cinque Ports. When in January 1555 Sandwich appointed him ‘counsel learned’ or, as Boys calls it, steward of the court or recorder, at an annual fee of 40s., the entry in the town book recorded ‘the good will, furtherance, travail and pains’ he had taken ‘concerning the drawing out of bills and other things for the common wealth of the town put into the parliament house’. The following years saw him hard at work for the ports, in particular for Sandwich and Rye, while continuing to discharge a series of duties, some serious, some less so, at his inn: the lighter ones culminated in his appearance, prophetically, as the ‘chief baron of the Prince’s Exchequer’ during the famous ‘solemn Christmas’ of 1561, when Sir Robert Dudley was the chief performer and Christopher Hatton also took part.4

Manwood was to sit for Sandwich in every Parliament between 1558 and 1572, when he became a judge, and if the port had had its way he would have begun to do so earlier. On 4 Oct. 1555 Sandwich electe