SKRYMSHER, (SCRIMSHAW), Edwin (c.1633-89), of Aqualate, Staffs.
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Family and Education
b. c.1633, o.s. of Gerard Skrymsher of Aqualate by 1st w. Catherine, da. of Sir Edwin Sandys† of Northbourne, Kent. educ. Trinity, Oxf. 1650; M. Temple 1655. m. (1) 1659, Joyce, da. of William Aubrey of Grendon Bishop, Herefs., s.p.; (2) 29 Aug. 1686, Susanna Ball, wid. of Worcester, s.p. suc. fa. c.1665.1
Commr. for assessment, Herefs. 1667-9, 1677-9, Staffs. 1673-4, 1679-80; sheriff, Staffs. 1668-9, j.p. 1679-82.
Skrymsher was the last of the senior line of an undistinguished family that had acquired Aqualate under Henry VIII and obtained a grant of arms in 1584. His father played no known part in public life, but Skrymsher himself was recommended for the order of the Royal Oak at the Restoration with an estate of £1,000 p.a. and described as ‘very civil and honest’. However, he had been named after his maternal grandfather, leader of the Opposition in several early Stuart Parliaments, and probably derived his politics also from this side of the family. He was returned unopposed as country candidate for Stafford at the general election of 1681, but left no trace on the records of the Oxford Parliament. In 1682 he was called a dissenter, and he attended the Duke of Monmouth on his northern progress. He is unlikely to have stood in 1685, but was listed among the Opposition. On his death in 1689 Aqualate passed to his niece, the wife of Charles Baldwyn. His widow married the Hon. John Grey.2