HERLE, Thomas (1622-81), of Luxulyan, Cornw.

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. 29 Dec. 1622, 2nd s. of Thomas Herle of Prideaux, and bro. of Edward Herle. educ. Exeter, Oxf. 1639; M. Temple 1648. unm.

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Cornw. 1661-79, recusants 1675.


Herle, possibly a Presbyterian like his brother, does not seem to have taken any active part in the fighting during the Civil War, although his sympathies probably lay with the Parliamentarians. He was first returned to Parliament in 1659. In December of that year he was one of the Cornish gentry who met at Truro to issue a call for a free Parliament. Re-elected to the Convention for Grampound, he was not listed as a friend by Lord Wharton, nor was he an active Member. He made no recorded speeches, but probably served on four committees, of which the most important were for the Post O