STONHOUSE, Sir George, 3rd Bt. (1603-75), of Radley, nr. Abingdon, Berks.
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Family and Education
bap. 28 Aug. 1603, 2nd s. of Sir William Stonehouse, 1st Bt. of Radley by Elizabeth, da. and h. of John Powell of Fulham, Mdx. educ. G. Inn 1619. m. lic. 22 Apr. 1633, Margaret, da. of Richard Lovelace†, 1st Baron Lovelace of Hurley, 3s. 1da. suc. bro. Sir John Stonehouse, 2nd Bt.† 14 June 1632; cr. Bt. (new patent) 5 May 1670.1
J.p. Berks. 1632-46, July 1660-d., sheriff 1637 8; freeman, Abindon 1640; dep. lt. Berks. by 1640, c. Aug. 1660-d., commr. of array 1642, execution of ordinances 1643, levying of money 1643, oyer and terminer, Oxford circuit July 1660, assessment, Berks. Aug. 1660-d.; steward of Ock and Moreton Hundreds Nov. 1660-d.; commr. for corporations, Berks. 1662-3, recusants 1675.2
Stonhouse’s grandfather, who came from a widespread Kentish family, obtained a post in the Household and bought the estate of Radley, two miles from Abingdon, in 1560. From 1628 almost to the end of the century, apart from the Interregnum, the Stonhouse interest dominated the single-Member constituency. Stonhouse was responsible for collecting ship-money in Berkshire in 1637-8, but after some hesitation he joined the Royalists in the Civil War, suing out a pardon in 1644, and was fined £1,460 for his delinquency under the Oxford articles. Though ineligible at the general election of 1660, under the Long Parliament ordinance, he stood against John Lenthall