FLEETWOOD, William II (1563-1630), of Great Missenden, Bucks.

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. 1563, 1st s. of William Fleetwood I. educ. M. Temple sp. adm. 1584. m. Anne (d.1621), da. of Ralph Barton of Smithhills or Smithers, Lancs., 7s. 7da. suc. fa. 1594. Kntd. 1603.

Offices Held

J.p. Berks. by 1597, Bucks. by 1597, sheriff 1622-3; ?surveyor of lands in north parts, duchy of Lancaster 1603.

Biography

Fleetwood was no doubt returned for Preston through the influence of his father who was recorder there. Two years later Fleetwood was returned for Poole after the borough’s original choice, John Savile II, had chosen to represent Lincoln. Savile had been returned at the instance of the Earl of Warwick, who had taken over the parliamentary patronage of his late father-in-law, the 2nd Earl of Bedford, and it is likely that Fleetwood also owed his return to Warwick. Living at Great Missenden he was a neighbour of the Russells and he carried a bannerol at the fune