LISLE, William (c.1632-1716), of the Middle Temple, London and Evenley, nr. Brackley, Northants.

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

Family and Education

b. c.1632, 1st s. of Tobias Lisle, Grocer, of Cannon Street, London and Saffron Hill, Mdx. by S1632usan, da. of Richard Trist of Maidford, Northants. educ. Magdalen Coll. Oxf. 1651; M. Temple 1650, called 1659. m. 9 Nov. 1661, Elizabeth, da. of John Aylworth of the Middle Temple and Polsloe, Devon, 5s. 5da. suc. fa. 1659, uncle William Lisle at Evenley 1665.1

Offices Held

Lt. vol. horse, Northants. 1662, capt. of militia 1663, col. ?1673-bef. 1680, commr. for assessment 1665-80, 1689-90, j.p. 1689-d.2

Master in Chancery June-Nov. 1665.3


Lisle’s grandfather, who claimed to be an offshoot of the Northumberland family, settled in Brackley in Elizabethan times, and acquired the advowson of St. Peter’s. His uncle sat for the borough in the first Parliament of James I, and served on the Northamptonshire assessment committee during the Civil War and the Commonwealth. Lisle’s father, a woollen draper ranked in the third class of wealthy citizens in 1640, was a Presbyterian elder; but he accepted the Protectorate, serving as j.p. for Middlesex after his retirement from business until his death. Lisle was presumably sent to Magdalen because the college was one of the principal landowners in Brackley. He became a lawyer, and represented the borough, two miles from his uncle’s home, in Richard Cromwell’s Parliament. To strengthen the family interest for the 1660 election, his uncle executed a will on 12 Mar. ‘in the 12th year of the reign of our sovereign lord Charles II’, bequeathing £120 to the poor of the borough to be disposed of by the mayor with Lisle’s advice.