TERRICK, Samuel (c.1602-75), of Clayton Griffin, Staffs. and London.

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

b. c.1602, 2nd s. of John Terrick (d.1648) of Clayton Griffin by Jane, da. and coh. of John Leigh of Malpas, Cheshire. m. c.1628, Eleanor, da. of John Layton of London, 3s. 2da.2

Offices Held

Liveryman, Drapers’ Co. 1635-9, 1648-51, junior warden 1651-2, asst. 1651-8; commr. for sequestration, Staffs. 1643, assessment, Staffs. 1645, 1657, Jan. 1660-3, Newcastle Aug. 1660-1; j.p. Staffs 1647-?49, commr. for militia 1648; dep. receiver of hearth-tax, Denb. Flints. and Anglesey 1667-8.3


Terrick’s ancestors had resided for four generations at Clayton Griffin, just outside Newcastle-under-Lyme, presumably as tenants of the Delves family. He was apprenticed to a London Draper in 1618, and began a rather chequered business career. A somewhat lukewarm supporter of Parliament in the Civil War, he did not sit after Pride’s Purge, but appears to have prospered for a time during the Interregnum in the French trade. But in 1658 he went bankrupt for £20,000, for which he offered to compound at 7s.6d. in the £.4

No doubt Terrick’s chief motive for election in 1660, as in 1645, was to escape his creditors. He was named only to one committee, concerned with the Bedford level, but he attended sufficiently regularly to keep his royalist neighbour Sir Richard Leveson informed of proceedings in the House. On 12 Dec. 1660 he applied for a renewal of the grant of copyhold fines in the crown manor of Newcastle. He seems to have returned to Staffordshire after the dissolution of the Convention, for he entered his pedigree as of Clayton Griffin at the Heralds’ visitation of 1662. But he was back in London by 1667, acting as deputy to Roger Whitley as receiver of hearth-tax and sending items of political intelligence to Sir Richard Wynn, though he repudiated the description of newsmonger. He was still living in 1670, and was probably the Samuel Terrick who was inexpensively buried in the cloisters of St. Nicholas Cole Abbey on 14 Oct. 1675. His great-grandson Richard became bishop of London in 1764, but no other member of the family sat in the House of Commons.5

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Authors: M. W. Helms / A. M. Mimardière


  • 1. Did not sit after Pride’s Purge, 6 Dec. 1648.
  • 2. Vis. London (Harl. Soc. xvii), 279; Vis. Staffs. (Hist. Colls. Staffs. v), 283-5; information from Miss S. P. Anderson.
  • 3. A. H. Johnson, Hist. Drapers’ Co. iv. 421, 451, 466; T. Pape, Newcastle-under-Lyme in Tudor and Early Stuart Times, 145; Cal. Treas. Bks. ii. 573.
  • 4. Chetwynd’s Pirehill (Hist. Colls. Staffs. n.s. xii), 48; P. Boyd, Drapers’ Roll, 181; D. Underdown, Pride’s Purge, 70, 243; CSP Dom. 1651-2, p. 408; 1652-3, p. 471; HMC 5th Rep. 198.
  • 5. Add. 11332, ff. 44-45; HMC 5th Rep. 145, 167, 199; Cal. Treas. Bks. i. 44; ii. 34, 47, 100, 329; Cal. Wynn Pprs. 391; Johnson, iv. 271; Soc. of Genealogists, St. Nicholas Cole Abbey par. reg.