TOOKER, Edward (c.1592-1664), of Maddington, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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1661 - 17 Apr. 1664

Family and Education

b.c.1592, 1st s. of Giles Tooker of Salisbury by Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Eyre of Salisbury. educ. L. Inn 1610, called 1616. m. (1) Martha, da. of Sir John Cooper, of Pawlett, Som., 1s. 2da.; (2) c.1638, Mary, da. of Sir John Hungerford of Down Ampney, Glos., wid. of William Platt of Highgate Hill, Mdx., s.p. suc. fa. 1623.1

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Wilts. 1643, 1647-52, 1657, Jan. 1660-d., Salisbury Aug. 1660-d., levying of money, Wilts. 1643, sheriff Apr.-Nov. 1648, commr. for militia 1648, 1651, 1659, Mar. 1660, j.p. 1649-d., commr. for relief of poor prisoners 1653, oyer and terminer, Western circuit July 1660.2


Tooker’s family had been established for some generations at Maddington, but it was of little account before his father was appointed recorder of Salisbury, representing the borough in three Jacobean Parliaments. As a consequence of Tooker’s first marriage, he became guardian to his nephew Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, who describes him as ‘a very honest, industrious man, an hospitable, prudent person, much valued and esteemed, dead and alive, by all that knew him’. He was elected to the Convention for Salisbury and marked by Lord Wharton as a friend. But he made no recorded speeches and was appointed only to the committee of elections and privileges and to those for St. Nicholas hospital, the suppression of profanity and the estate bill of Sir Anthony Browne. Re-elected to the Cavalier Parliament, he was again inactive, being named to twelve committees (including the elections committee in the session following his death). He took part in considering the bill to restore the bishops to the House of Lords. Tooker died on 17 Apr. 1664 and was buried at Maddington; his only son succeeded to an estate of £1,000 p.a. and was created a baronet two months later, but he took no part in politics and died unmarried in 1676.3

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Authors: M. W. Helms / John. P. Ferris


  • 1. Wilts. Inquisitions (Index Lib. xxiii), 39-41; Hoare, Wilts. Branch and Dole, 37; Hutchins, Dorset, iii. 594; PCC 158 Goare.
  • 2. CSP Dom. 1651, p. 322.
  • 3. CSP Dom. 1639-40, p. 68; Christie, Shaftesbury, i. p. x; Cal. Cl. SP, v. 393; Hoare, 15.