MORLEY, John II (c.1572-1622), of Halnaker, Suss. and St. Botolph-without-Aldersgate, London.

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.1572, 1st s. of John Morley I of Halnaker and London. educ. Christ Church, Oxf. 1586; I. Temple 1587. m. Cicely, da. of Sir Edward Caryll of Harting, 2s. 2da. suc. fa. 1587. Kntd. 23 July 1603.2

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Morley added by purchase to the estates his father had acquired as a government official, so that within two generations the family had established itself as one of the most prominent in western Sussex. Thus Morley would have had no difficulty in being returned to the 1601 Parliament for New Shoreham. He left no trace upon the known surviving records of this Parliament, and the remainder of his career belongs to the Stuart period. At one time he found himself in difficulties with the authorities because of his Catholicism, and some of his property was confiscated. His father-in-law, who was also a Catholic, had paid for Morley’s training at the Inner Temple, and his association with the Carylls remained close. Morley died rich between 21 and 27 Dec. 1622.3

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: M.R.P.


  • 1. By-election in Apr. 1610. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.
  • 2. Vis. Suss. (Harl. Soc. liii), 140-1; Vis. Suss. (Harl. Soc. lxxxix), 77; PCC 42 Rutland; J. Dallaway, W. Suss. i. 132.
  • 3. Suss. Rec. Soc. xix. 3, 58, 147; xx. 289, 482; xxxiii. 32; VCH Suss. iv. 101, 102, 143, 149, 177, 238; Dallaway, i. 9; D. G. C. Elwes and C. J. Robinson, Castles and Manor Houses of W. Suss. 41, 70, 70 n, 231; Suss. Arch. Colls. xliii. 201-13; lxxxii. 60-4; CSP Dom. 1611-18, p. 120; Cal. I.T. Recs. i. 353; PCC 115 Savile; Add. 38133, f. 27; C142/399/156; Chamberlain letters ed. McClure, ii. 15.