TRACY, Sir John II (c.1561-c.1648), of Toddington, Glos.

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.1561, 1st s. of Sir John Tracy I of Toddington. educ. I. Temple 1580. m. c.1590, Anne, 5th da. of Thomas Shirley I of Wiston, Suss., 2s. 3da. suc. fa. 1591. Kntd. 1591; cr. Visct. Tracy [I] 1643.

Offices Held

J.p. Glos. from c.1591, sheriff 1609-10; commr. to examine waste in forest of Dean caused by ironworks 1618.


Tracy fought in the Netherlands and at the siege of Rouen, where he was knighted by the 2nd Earl of Essex. Soon after his return he succeeded his father to Toddington and other Gloucestershire properties, being granted special livery of his lands on 14 Feb. 1592. During the succeeding decade he sold many properties, including Charlton Abbots, Alderton, Doynton and Great Wormington, for a total of nearly £1,750. In 1608 he bought back Alderton and other lands for £800, and three years afterwards acquired the manor of Frampton for £300.

His social position in Gloucestershire was high enough for him to be elected for the county in 1597. He was named to committees concerning armour and weapons (8 Nov. 1597), maltsters (12 Jan. 1598); and on 22 Nov. 1597 Sir Edward Hoby successfully moved the House for privilege because Tracy had been put on a jury at the court of common pleas during a session of the House. The serjeant was sent to ‘call ... Sir John to his attendance in this House’. As a knight of the shire in this Parliament he could have attended the committees for enclosur