GRESHAM, Marmaduke (1627-96), of Titsey, Surr.

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

bap. 24 Jan. 1627, 2nd s. and h. of Sir Edward Gresham of Titsey, being o.s. by 2nd w. Mary, da. of Abraham Campion of Putney, wid. of Gabriel Wight of Brockham, Betchworth. educ. King’s, Camb. 1645. m. lic. 18 Dec. 1647, Alice (d. 1 Sept. 1682), da. of Richard Corbet, bp. of Norwich 1632-5, 8s. (6 d.v.p.) 4da. suc. fa. 1647; cr. Bt. 31 July 1660.1

Offices Held

J.p. Surr. 1659-87, ?1689-d., Kent July 1660-80; commr. for militia, Surr. Mar. 1660; lt.-col. of militia ft. Apr. 1660, commr. for assessment, Surr. Aug. 1660-80, 1689-90, Kent 1661-80, recusants, Kent and Surr. 1675; dep. lt. Surr. ?1675-86.2


Gresham’s ancestors were landowners in Norfolk by 1442, but the parliamentary history of the family begins under Henry VIII. The Titsey branch was established by Sir John Gresham, a London Fishmonger, who purchased the manor in 1535, with other property on the Kent-Surrey border. Gresham’s grandfather sat for the local boroughs of Bletchingley and Gatton. His parents, though clearly ‘malignant’ at heart, took no part in the Civil War; they were assessed at £500 between them by the committee for the advance of money, but never paid. Gresham’s elder half-brother was disinherited, and he succeeded to the Titsey estate in 1647. He was alleged to have supplied the Royalists in the second Civil War with horses, arms, men and money, and to have advised the Surrey men to shut up the Parliament doors and not let the Members out till their petition was granted. But no proceedings were taken, and he was not implicated in conspiracy, though he and his wife were doubtless responsible for the continuance of Anglican services at Titsey during the Interregnum.3

Gresham was returned for East Grinstead at the general election of 1660 on the Sackville interest, and probably at the instance of Lady Dorset, who also recommended him for a baronetcy as ‘a Parliament man, eminent in the King’s service, and worth £1,200 p.a.’. Lord Wharton al