BOWMAN, Seymour (c.1621-1704), of Harnham, Wilts. and Lincoln's Inn.

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

Family and Education

b. c.1621, 2nd s. of Stephen Bowman of Harnham by Mary, da. of Sir Edward Penruddock of Compton Chamberlayne. educ. St. Mary Hall, Oxf. matric. 19 May 1637, aged 16; L. Inn 1639, called 1647. m. Dorothy, da. and h. of Edward Windover of Salisbury, Wilts., 3s. 1da. suc. fa. 1660.1

Offices Held

Clerk of the peace, Wilts. c. July 1660-96; commr. for assessment, Wilts. Aug. 1660-9, Dorset 1673-80, 1689-90; freeman, Salisbury 1685.2


Although Bowman’s family was not armigerous, they had already intermarried with the Penruddocks before leaving their native Cumberland. Bowman presumably owed his Christian name to his father’s position as man of business to the Wiltshire Seymours, which he inherited. Although a qualified barrister, he did not practise in the courts, never becoming bencher or ancient of his inn. His father was accused of encouraging recruitment for the royalist army and fined £70. But Bowman