LAWSON, Wilfred (1545-1632), of Isell, Cumb.

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. 1545, 2nd s. of Thomas Lawson of Little Usworth, co. Dur. by Elizabeth, da. of Constantine Darrell of Wilts. educ. Trinity Coll. Camb. 1562; G. Inn 1564. m. bef. 1575, Maud Redman, da. of Richard Redman of Cumb., wid. of Thomas Leigh of Isell. Kntd. 1604.

Offices Held

J.p. Cumb. by 1587, sheriff 1588-9, 1597-8, 1606-7, 1612-13, lt. honour of Cockermouth and capt. Cockermouth castle c.1591; border commr. 1605.


Like his uncle Robert Lawson, this Member owed his estates and his standing in the county to a fortunate marriage, which also brought him the advowson of Isell church. Lawson was presenting there by 1575. At some point he attracted the attention of Thomas Scrope, 10th Lord Scrope of Bolton, who was responsible for his posts at Cockermouth and perhaps also for his election as junior knight of the shire to the Parliament of 1593. At any rate Lawson was so elected