MANNERS, Oliver (c.1581-1613), of Belvoir, Lincs. and Pillerton, Warws.

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.1581, 4th s. of John, 4th Earl of Rutland, by Elizabeth, da. of Francis Charlton of Apley Castle, Salop. educ. Christ’s, Camb. 1594-5; I. Temple 1598. unm. Kntd. 1603.

Offices Held

Jt. (with cos. Thomas Savage) clerk of Star Chamber in reversion 1604; King’s carver 1604-5.


Manners was presumably returned for Grantham through the intervention of his great-uncle, Roger Manners I, to whose custody the 5th Earl of Rutland, Oliver Manners’s eldest brother, had been committed after his part in the Essex rebellion. As his two other brothers, George and Francis, were also in disgrace, Oliver was one of the few possible candidates from the Manners family. He was knighted and given a job by James I but on to Feb. 1606 Sir Edward Hoby wrote:

Sir Oliver Manners is said to have been made privy to these late treasons [Gunpowder Plot], but utterly detesting the fact; and, having a little good nature, though very Popish, being the King’s carver, would not reveal it, but sold his place and went over.

Manners had in fact been con