OWEN, Roger (1573-1617), of Condover, Salop.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Constituency

Dates

Family and Education

b. 1573, 1st s. of Thomas Owen of Condover by his 1st w. Sarah, da. of Humphrey Baskerville. educ. Shrewsbury 1583; Christ Church, Oxf. B.A. 1592; L. Inn 1589, called 1597. m. Ursula, da. of William Elkin, alderman of London, 2da. suc. fa. 1598. Kntd. 1604.

Offices Held

J.p.q. Salop by 1601-14, sheriff 1603-4; member, council in the marches of Wales 1602-7; bencher, L. Inn 1611, treasurer 1612-13.

Biography

Owen’s father procured his return to Parliament and built Condover Hall for him. In Shropshire Owen enjoyed a reputation for ‘all manner of learning, care of the good of the commonwealth, for composing of controversies, buying peace with his own purse, maintaining of amity, and love to his neighbours’. Camden considered him to be ‘worthy of so excellent a lather’, but he was the lesser man. His appointment as sheriff was challenged on the grounds that he was partial to the Vernon family, and his factiousness led to his dismissal from the council in the marches of Wales.2

Returned for the county after coming into his estate, Owen took an active part in the proceedings of the 1601 Parliament, and narrowly missed landing himself in deep trouble on account of his speeches, which were not always favourably received. He spoke against the pluralities bill on 16 Nov., and on 27 Nov. answered allegations that a privilege case concerning an MP’s servant had not been properly looked into. The breach of privilege had been committed in Shrewsbury and the House had ordered the serjeant-at-arms to go to Shrewsbury to fetch the culprits back to London.

May it please you, Mr. Speaker, myself being chosen for the shire, I think it my part