BLAGRAVE, John (1630-1704), of Reading, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Mar. 1679
Oct. 1679

Family and Education

bap. 12 Aug. 1630, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Anthony Blagrave of Bulmarsh, Sonning by Dorothy, da. of Thomas Dolman of Shaw, nr. Newbury. educ. St. John’s Oxf. 1650, BA 1651, MA 1653; M. Temple 1655. m. lic. 28 Feb. 1665, ‘aged 28’, Hester, da. of William Gore, merchant, of Morden, Surr. and Barrow Gurney, Som., 2s. (1 d.v.p.) 3da. suc. fa. 1657, cos. Alexander in Southcot estate by 1698.1

Offices Held

Fellow of St. John’s 1651-?55, commr. for assessment, Berks. Aug. 1660-80, 1689-90, Oxon. 1679-80; j.p. Berks. 1662-?81, by 1695-d., Wallingford 1664; commr. for recusants, Berks. 1675; freeman, Reading 1679; capt. of militia horse, Berks. by 1680, maj. by 1683.2


Blagrave’s great-grandmother married as her second husband William Grey, MP for Reading in 1547, and bequeathed to the children of her first marriage much of the abbey property. Indeed Blagrave and his younger brother, George Blagrave of Bulmarsh, were said to own ‘about half the town’ between them. His grandfather sat for the borough in 1601, but Daniel Blagrave, the regicide, came from a cadet branch, and Blagrave’s father took no part in the Civil War. Blagrave has to be distinguished from his much older cousin, John Blagrave of Southcot, steward to Bulstrode Whitelocke during the Interregnum. Probably a moderate Presbyterian, Blagrave was returned unopposed at the general election of 1660 for Reading, but was totally inactive in the Convention and did not seek