MARSDEN, Henry (c.1625-88), of Gisburn, Yorks, and Wennington Hall, Melling, Lancs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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30 Nov. 1680

Family and Education

b. c.1625, ?s. of John Marsden, schoolmaster, of Clitheroe, Lancs. educ. Staple Inn; G. Inn 1655. m. by 1654, Jennet (d.1689), da. of Adam Mort of Preston, Lancs., 6s. (2 d.v.p.) 6da.1

Offices Held

Freeman, Preston 1662, 1682; j.p. Yorks. (W. Riding) 1667-d., Lancs. 1676-d., Glos. and Carm. 1680-d.; commr, for assessment, (W. Riding) 1673-80, Lancs. 1677-9, out-bailiff, Clitheroe 1675, 1679-80; maj. of militia ft. (W. Riding) 1679-87, dep. lt. 1680-d.2


Marsden bore a name well-known in 17th-century Clitheroe. John Marsden was usher of the grammar school till his death in 1627 and Robert Marsden officiated as curate from about 1640 to 1671, while Thomas Marsden, vicar of Walton-on-the-Hill from 1665 to 1720, was born in the borough. Marsden himself became an attorney. He married the daughter of the royalist mayor of Preston who was killed in action when the town was taken by the parliamentary forces in 1643, and took up residence at Gisburn in Craven during the Commonwealth. Ambrose Pudsay owned considerable property in the parish, and soon became heavily indebted to Marsden. The whole estate was mortgaged for £2,500, which was only redeemed by a marriage between Pudsay’s heir and Marsden’s daughter. Marsden also acquired property in Clitheroe, and in 1674 he bought the Wennington estate in Lonsdale.3

As a West Riding j.p. Marsden reported the meagre results of a search for arms in the houses of Roman Catholics during the Popish Plot. It was probably as a court supporter that he was returned for Clitheroe to the second Exclusion Parliament at a by-election, but he was im