STAINES, Richard (1650-1705), of Sowerby, nr. Thirsk, Yorks.

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

bap. 4 July 1650, 1st s. of Thomas Staines, grocer, of Thirsk by w. Anne. educ. Thirsk g.s.; Caius, Camb. 1667-9; G. Inn 1670, called 1677. m. lic. 3 May 1676, Dorothy Parker, 1s. suc. fa. 1697.1

Offices Held

J.p. Yorks. (N. Riding) 1689- d.; commr. for assessment (N. and W. Ridings) 1689-90.2

Housekeeper, Excise Office 1697-1702.3


Staines, the son of a Thirsk tradesman, won a scholarship to Cambridge and settled down as a lawyer in the adjacent suburb of Sowerby. A tenant of Lord Derby, he was returned for the borough to the Convention, presumably as a Whig. His only committees were to consider the charges of malversation against William Harbord and to recommend changes in the poor law, and he was not listed as a supporter of the disabling clause in the bill to restore corporations. He usually voted with the Whigs in the next two Parliaments. He died on 28 Jan. 1705 and was buried at Sowerby, the only member of the family to sit in Parliament.4

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Authors: Paula Watson / John. P. Ferris


  • 1. Thirsk Par. Reg. (Yorks. Par. Reg. Soc. xliii), 149, 199, 212; Mar. Lic. (Index Lib. xxxiii), 65; PCY, wills of Thomas Staines of Thirsk, Aug. 1697, Richard Staines of Sowerby, Feb. 1706.
  • 2. N. Riding Recs. vii. 100, 199.
  • 3. Cal. Treas. Bks. xiii. 158; xvii. 219; CSP Dom. 1697, pp. 464-5; Luttrell, v. 176.
  • 4. HMC 9th Rep. pt. 1, p. 334; W. Grainge, Vale of Mowbray, 165.