ROSSITER, Edward (1618-69), of Somerby, Lincs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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3 Mar. 1646

Family and Education

b. 1 Jan. 1618, 2nd s. of Richard Rossiter of Somerby by Elizabeth, da. of Sir John Bourchier of Beningbrough, Yorks. educ. Kirton and Beverley g.s.; Sidney Sussex, Camb. 1636. m. (1) 25 June 1646, Jane, da. of Sir Richard Samwell of Gayton, Northants., 2da.; (2) settlement 18 Jan. 1660, Lady Arabella Holles, da. of John Holles, 2nd Earl of Clare, 4s. 1da. suc. bro. 1636; kntd. 27 May 1660.3

Offices Held

Commr. for sequestrations, Lincs. 1643, levying money 1643, eastern assoc. 1643, assessment 1643-52, 1657, Jan. 1660, 1661-3, 1664-d., (Lindsey) Aug. 1660-1, 1663-4, new model ordinance, Lincs. 1645, militia 1648, Mar. 1660, drainage of the fens 1649; j.p. (Lindsey) 1652-8, Lincs. Mar. 1660-d.; commr. for scandalous ministers, Lincs. 1654, custos rot. Mar.-June 1660, col. of militia ft. Apr. 1660, commr. for oyer and terminer, Midland circuit July 1660; dep. lt. Lincs. c. Aug. 1660-d.; commr. for sewers, Hatfield chase and Lincs. Aug. 1660.4

Major of horse (parliamentary) 1644, col. 1645-6, 1648; gov. Hull ?Feb.-July 1660; capt. Prince Rupert’s Horse 1667.

Member, committee of Both Kingdoms 1648, Councillor of State 25 Feb.-31 May 1660.


Rossiter’s family acquired gentry status in Lincolnshire only in the 16th century. He was indicted for treason at the Grantham assizes in 1643, and took a prominent part in the first Civil War as a parliamentary officer. He was again in arms against the Cavalier garrison of Pontefract in 1648, but as a staunch Presbyterian abstained from the House after Pride’s Purge. He was excluded from Richard Cromwell’s Parliament, with good cause, as a suspected Royalist; he had in fact been designated leader of the intended rising in Lincolnshire, but Sir George Booth was suppressed before he could act. He presented the Lincolnshire petition for a free Parliament to George Monck, and interrupted his we