BAKER, James (d.1689), of Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Constituency

Dates

Family and Education

m. by 1636, 3s.1

Offices Held

Constable and churchwarden, Shaftesbury St. Peter 1642; solicitor and sequestrator, Dorset 1646-9; mayor, Shaftesbury 1647-8, 1656-7; commr. for assessment, Dorset 1649, 1652, Jan. 1660, administering the engagement 1650, capt. of militia horse 1650, lt. 1659, commr. for security 1655.2

Biography

Baker, an attorney, had taken up residence in Shaftesbury by 1636, and in the following year succeeded Richard King as steward of the manorial court of Abbotsbury. He became prominent as a sequestrator of Royalists’ estates during the Civil War, and was approved by the Quakers in 1656 as ‘moderate, and against persecution’. But by 1659 he was active on behalf of