BISHOP, Humphrey (c.1612-75), of Chilcombe, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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1661 - 20 Nov. 1675

Family and Education

b. c.1612, 1st s. of John Bishop of Chilcombe by Elizabeth, da. of Francis Hawley of Buckland Sororum, Som. and Corfe Castle, Dorset. m. lic. 4 July 1648, Anne, da. of Henry Goring of Highden, Suss., wid. of Theobald Michell of Stamerham, Suss., 2s. suc. fa. bef. 1641.2

Offices Held

Freeman, Poole Nov. 1660, Lyme Regis 1662; commr. for assessment, Dorset Aug. 1660-74, col. of militia ft. by Nov. 1660-d., commr. for corporations 1661-3, loyal and indigent officers 1662, j.p. 1662-d., dep. lt. 1664-d., commr. for pressing seamen 1665; sub-commr. for prizes, Portsmouth 1672-4; commr. for recusants, Dorset 1675.3


Bishop was descended from William Bishop who obtained a grant from the crown in 1544 of the small but well-managed estate of the Hospitallers at Chilcombe. His descendants married shrewdly, and entered their pedigree at the 1623 heralds visitation, but before the Civil War had not even attained the dignity of justice of the peace. It was subsequently asserted that Bishop raised a regiment for Charles I at his own expense. Although his nomination to the projected order of the Royal Oak might seem to lend support to this claim, he was never sequestrated. His estate, valued at £800 in the list, was heavily burdened with dowries and rent-charges till after the Civil War. The marks of trust which Bishop received at the Restoration are more plausibly ascribed to his kinship with Francis Hawley, Lord Hawley, than to his own services.4

Bishop held property in Bridport, four miles from his home, and some of his name served