CORNWALLIS, Charles II (1632-73), of Brome Hall, Suff.

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

Dates

1660
1661 - 7 Jan. 1662

Family and Education

bap. 19 Apr. 1632, 1st s. of Sir Frederick Cornwallis, 1st Baron Cornwallis, by 1st w. m. Margaret, da. of Sir Thomas Playsted of Arlington, Suss., 8s. (3 d.v.p.) 2da. KB 23 Apr. 1661; suc. fa. as 2nd Baron Cornwallis 7 Jan. 1662.

Offices Held

Capt. of militia horse, Suff. Apr. 1660; commr. for assessment, Suff. Aug. 1660-d., Mdx. 1661-2; j.p. Suff. 1662-d.; alderman, Thetford by 1669-?d.; steward, honour of Eye 1671-d.1

Biography

Although Cornwallis’s eligibility under the Long Parliament ordinance must have been dubious, he was returned for Eye at the general election of 1660. An inactive Member of the Convention, he was appointed in the first session only to the committee of elections and privileges and made no recorded speeches, but he was teller in five divisions. On 1 Aug. he opposed the bill for inquiring into embezzlements during the Interregnum. After the recess he was added to the committee for the