POOLE, Edward (c.1617-73), of Kemble, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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16 Jan. 1668 - 27 Oct. 1673

Family and Education

b. c.1617, 1st s. of Sir Neville Poole of Kemble by his 1st w. Frances, da. of Sir Henry Poole of Saperton, Glos. educ. Magdalen Hall, Oxf. matric. 8 May 1635, aged 18; L. Inn 1636. m. settlement 29 May 1638, Dorothy, da. of Sir Robert Pye of Faringdon, Berks., 4s. (1 d.v.p.) 1da. Kntd. by 9 July 1660; suc. fa. 1661.3

Offices Held

Commr. for sequestration, Wilts. 1643, assessment 1643-8, Aug. 1660-d., appeals, Oxford Univ. 1647, militia, Wilts. 1648, Mar. 1660, j.p. Wilts. Mar. 1660- d., lt.-col. of militia ft. Apr. 1660, col, of horse 1661-d., dep. lt. 1668-d.4


Poole claimed descent from the same Cheshire family as the Poles of Devon. His ancestors were established in Wiltshire early in the 15th century, first entering Parliament in 1442. In the 16th and 17th centuries they had become one of the parliamentary dynasties in the county. Poole’s father supported Parliament and was in arms against the King in the first Civil War. Father and son did not sit after Pride’s Purge, and took no further part in local or national government during the Interregnum until 1659. At the general election of 1660 transferred to Chippenham, where he was perhaps returned without a contest. He was on Lord Wharton’s list as a friend. But he was an inactive Member of the Convention, being named only to t