DUNCH, Edmund (c.1551-1623), of Little Wittenham, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1551, 1st s. of William Dunch, by Mary, da. of William Barnes of London; bro. of Walter. educ. Magdalen, Oxf. 1564. m. Anne, da. and h. of Nicholas Fetiplace of Kentwood, 3s. 2da. suc. fa. 1597.1

Offices Held

J.p.q. Berks. by 1579, sheriff 1587-8, 1592-3, 1603-4.


Dunch’s return at Wallingford, which his father had represented in the previous Parliament, was no doubt due to his family’s local standing. His seat for Wootton Bassett is more difficult to explain. He owned land in Wiltshire, at Highworth and Eastrop, some 12 miles from Wootton Bassett, but this alone would probably have been insufficient. More important could have been his family’s associations with Protector Somerset and