Appendix II: Officers of the Commons and Chairmen of standing committees

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
Available from Cambridge University Press

Officers of the Commons and Chairmen of standing committees

Speaker

1604-10

Sir Edward Phelips

1614

Sir Ranulphe Crewe

1621

Sir Thomas Richardson

1624

Sir Thomas Crewe

1625

Sir Thomas Crewe

1626

(Sir) Heneage Finch

1628-9

(Sir) John Finch II

Clerk of the Commons

31 Jan. 1603

Ralph Ewens; died in office Aug. 1611

30 Aug. 1611

William Pinches, having grant in reversion dated 26 Feb. 1607; died in office by 17 Nov. 1612

17 Nov. 1612

John Wright; died in office by 15 Nov. 1632

Deputy clerk of the Commons

1601-4

Cadwallader Tydder

1621-8

John Wright the younger

Serjeant-at-arms

22 Mar. 1588

Roger Wood; died in office by 17 Mar. 1610

17 Mar. 1610

Edward Grimston (patent 7 May 1610); died in office, being buried 14 Dec. 1640

Chairman, committee for privileges and returns

1604-10

Sir George Snygge (1604 only); Sir George More (1605-10)

1614

Nicholas Fuller1

1621

Sir George More

1624

John Glanville

1625

Sir George More

1626

(Sir) John Finch II

1628-9

William Hakewill

Chairman, committee (of the Whole House) for grievances

1610

Sir Edwin Sandys

1614

No committee established

1621

Sir Edward Coke

1624

Sir Edward Coke

1625

No committee established

1626

Edward Whitby

1628-9

Sir Edward Coke (1628); Edward Herbert (1629)2

Chairman, committee (of the Whole House) for petitions

1614

Sir Edwin Sandys

Chairman, committee (of the Whole House) for courts of justice

1621

Sir Edward Sackville (stood aside 15 Mar.); Sir Robert Phelips (from 15 Mar.)

1624

Sir Robert Phelips

1625

No committee established

1626

Sir Nathaniel Rich

1628-9

Sir Nathaniel Rich (1628); Sir Robert Phelips (1629)

Chairman, committee (of the Whole House) for trade

1621

Sir Lionel Cranfield

1624

Sir Edwin Sandys

1625

Unknown

1626

Unknown

1628-9

Sir Dudley Digges

Chairman, committee (of the Whole House) for evils, causes and remedies

1626

Christopher Wandesford

Chairman, committee (of the Whole House) for religion

1628

John Pym

Ref Volumes: 1604-1629

Author: Andrew Thrush

End Notes

  • 1. The first meeting of the committee appears to ha