HERLE, Edward (c.1617-95), of Prideaux, Luxulyan, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Apr. 1640

Family and Education

b. c.1617, 1st s. of Thomas Herle of Prideaux by Loveday, da. of Nicholas Glyn of Glynn, Cardinham; bro. of Thomas Herle. m. (1) lic. 5 Feb. 1634, Mary (d.1673), da. and coh. of Nicholas Trefusis of Landue, Lezant, 7s. (4 d.v.p.) 3da.; (2) 1680, Susanna, wid. of John Owen, Fishmonger, of Bread Street, London and Mortlake, Surr., s.p. suc. fa. 1644.1

Offices Held

Lt.-col. (parliamentary) to 1646.2

Sheriff, Cornw. Dec. 1646-Jan. 1648, v.-adm. 1647-9, commr. for assessment 1647-8, Jan. 1660, 1661-3, 1666-80, 1689-90, militia 1648, 1659, Mar. 1660, j.p. 1649-52, 1653-62, 1668-70, June 1688-d., maj. of militia horse Apr. 1660; stannator, Foymore 1673; dep. lt. Cornw. July 1688-?d.3


Herle’s ancestors acquired Prideaux, five miles from Fowey, by marriage at the end of the 14th century, and first sat in Parliament for Liskeard in 1425. Herle’s uncle was prolocutor of the Westminster Assembly, and he himself was doubtless a Presbyterian. In arms for Parliament in the first Civil War, he held office only intermittently during the Interregnum, and signed the Truro declaration for a free Parliament in December 1659.4

At the general election of 1660 Herle was returned for Callington, probably on the interest of