JAMES, Roger (c.1620-1700), of Reigate, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Mar. 1679
Oct. 1679

Family and Education

b. c.1620, o.s. of Sir Roger James of Reigate by Margaret, da. of Anthony Aucher of Bishopsbourne, Kent. educ. Clare, Camb. 1637; I. Temple 1638; Leyden 1648. m. by 1649, his cos. Elizabeth, da. of Sir Anthony Aucher of Bishopsbourne, 2s. (1 d.v.p.) 2da. suc. fa. 1636.1

Offices Held

Elder, Reigate classis 1647; j.p. Surr. 1659-80, 1690-?d., commr. for militia Mar. 1660, oyer and terminer, Home circuit July 1660, sewers, Surr. and Kent Aug. 1660, assessment, Surr. Aug. 1660-80, 1689-90, recusants 1675, rebuilding of Southwark 1677.2


James was descended from a Dutch brewing family originally called van Haestricht which migrated to London about 1540 and adopted the surname of James. James’s father was knighted in 1613, purchased the rectory manor of Reigate in 1614, and was returned to Parliament for the borough in 1625. James himself was apparently a Presbyterian and was not appointed to the commission of the peace until 1659.3

At the general election of 1660 James was involved in a double return at Gatton, and listed as a friend by Lord Wharton. He received the same number of votes as Thomas Turgis and