MILBORNE, William (c.1633-60), of Wonastow, Mon. and the Middle Temple.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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3 Apr. - 12 July 1660

Family and Education

b. c.1633, 1st s. of John Milborne (d.1661) of Wonastow by 1st w. Katherine, da. of John Dennis of Pucklechurch, Glos.; half-bro. of Clayton Milborne. educ. M. Temple 1658. unm.

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Mon. Jan. 1660, militia Mar. 1660.


Milborne’s ancestors had been small freeholders in Somerset in the 14th century, and greatly enlarged their estates under Henry VIII, but his grandfather married a Monmouthshire heiress in 1597 and took up residence at Wonastow. Though owners of a large monastic estate, the family had strong Roman Catholic inclinations. Milborne’s father remained neutral in the Civil War, though his house was used as a garrison for parliamentary forces in 1644. An accusation of delinquency was referred to the county committee in 1648, but they did not report. Milborne was on bad terms with his stepmother, the daughter of Thomas Clayton, and her family; in 1654, presumably when he came of age, his father conveyed to him, under his own mother’s marriage settlement, the bulk of the estate, worth £1,200 p.a. (subject to an annu