FULFORD, George (c.1619-85), of Toller Fratrum, Dorset.

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

Dates

Oct. 1679

Family and Education

b. c.1619, 5th but 2nd surv. s. of Sir Francis Fulford of Great Fulford, Dunsford, Devon by Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Bernard Samways of Toller Fratrum. educ. M. Temple 1640. m. 31 Aug. 1654 (with £2,300), Susanna, da. of John Browne of Frampton, Dorset, s.p. suc. fa. in Dorset estates 1664.1

Offices Held

J.p. Dorset 1657-May 1670, June 1670-d., commr. for assessment Aug. 1660-80, pressing seamen 1665; freeman, Lymington 1667; dep. lt . Dorset 1672-d., commr. for recusants 1675, sheriff 1683-4.2

Biography

Fulford came from an old Devonshire family, probably resident at Great Fulford since the reign of Richard I. They first entered Parliament in 1553, but were not a regular parliamentary family. Fulford’s father acquired extensive property in Dorset by marriage and took up residence there, but sat for his native county in 1625, his only Parliament. A commissioner of array and a royalist sheriff during the Civil War, he later compounded for his estate. Fulford’s eldest brother was killed in the siege of Exeter in 1643, but he himself took no part in the Civil War and in 1654 married the daughter of a prominent Rumper. Nevertheless, the local Quakers denounced him as a Cavalier and a persecutor, and in 1660 he assisted the aged Sir John Strangways to proclaim the Restoration at Sherborne.