MIDDLETON, Peter (1603-61), of Mincing Lane, London.

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

b. 1603, 4th s. of Robert Middleton, Skinner, of London by Margaret, da. of John Mounsel, merchant, of Weymouth. m. aft. 25 July 1657, Mary, wid. of Fulke Parry, Merchant Taylor, of London, s.p.1

Offices Held

Committee, E.I. Co. 1659-d.; commr. for assessment, London Aug. 1660-d.2

Biography

Middleton’s father, seventh of the celebrated Denbighshire brothers, sat for Weymouth in 1604 and was a considerable benefactor to the town. Through his mother, Middleton was first cousin to John Whiteway and related to his rivals in the general election of 1660, Henry Waltham and the recorder, Samuel Bond. From 1624 to 1627 he lived with Whiteway’s family, leaving to become a Turkey merchant. He joined the Levant and East India Companies, and later resided in Russia, presumably as a buyer of furs. He had £1,000 stock in the East India Company, and was named to its committee, but he is not known to have held any municipal office.3

Middleton first sat for Weymouth in Richard Cromwell’s Parliament. He stood for re-election in 1660, but was involved in a double return. On 5 May the House accepted that he had a majority of the qualified voters, and he took his seat in the