JENNINGS, Richard (c.1616-68), of Sandridge, Herts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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c. Aug. 1642
1661 - May 1668

Family and Education

b. c.1616, 1st s. of Sir John Jennings of Sandridge by Alice, da. of Sir Richard Spencer of Offley. educ. I. Temple 1634; travelled abroad (Italy) 1637-40; Padua 1639. m. lic. 18 Dec. 1643, ‘aged 24’, Frances, da. and coh. of Sir Gifford Thornhurst, 1st Bt., of Agnes Court, Kent, 4s. (2 d.v.p.) 5da. suc. fa. 1642.2

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Herts. 1643-8, Herts. and St. Albans Aug. 1660-d., sequestrations, Herts. 1643, levying of money 1643, defence of eastern assoc. 1643, j.p. Herts. by 1644-8, 1658-July 1660, St. Albans 1658-d., commr. for militia, Herts. 1648, Mar. 1660.3


Jenning was the great-great-grandson of Bernard Jennings (d.1552), Master of the Skinners’ Company. Sandridge, less than two miles from St. Albans, had been in the family since 1571. His father, first elected for St. Albans in 1628, resisted the forced loan and tried to evade ship-money. Jennings succeeded his father as MP for St. Albans in the Long Parliament, and like him took the popular side. Though he does not appear to have been in arms, he was captured by Royalists and imprisoned for a time, but exchanged in January 1646. He did not sit after Pride’s Purge, and seems to have taken no further part in politics until the close of the Interregnum. Returned to Parliament again in 1659, he retained the seat until his death?