GOODWIN, Francis (1564-1634), of Upper Winchendon, 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. 1564, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Sir John Goodwin by his 2nd w. Anne, da. of Sir William Spencer. m. Elizabeth, da. of Arthur Grey, 14th Lord Grey of Wilton, 2s. 2da. suc. fa. 1597. Kntd. 1601.

Offices Held

J.p. Bucks. from c.1591, q. by 1601, commr. musters 1596, sheriff 1623-4.


Of a family established in Buckinghamshire for just over a century, Goodwin was elected senior knight of the shire when only 22, and before he had succeeded to his estates. He perhaps owed this early honour to the influence of his father-in-law, Lord Grey of Wilton, who lived at Whaddon. In this Parliament the first knights of the shire were appointed to the subsidy committee on 22 Feb. 1587. Unsuccessful for the county in 1589, Goodwin was chosen at Chipping Wycombe. He tried to retain this seat in 1593, but he had a great enemy, one John Dorrell, who, to cover his own activities on behalf of his master Henry Windsor, 5th Lord Windsor, the high steward of the borough, accused Goodwin of using ‘extraordinary labour’ to obtain votes, and Goodwin was defeated. One of the successful candidates, Thomas Fortescue II, was a son of