TYRRELL (TIRRELL), Sir Peter, 1st Bt. (c.1627-1711), of Castle Thorpe, Bucks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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21 Mar. 1679

Family and Education

b. c.1627, 2nd s. but h. of Thomas Tyrrell educ. I. Temple 1645, called 1652. m. (1) Bridget, da. of Sir Edward Altham of Markhall, Latton, Essex, s.p.; (2) lic. 28 Feb. 1665, Anne (bur. 24 Jan. 1709), da. of Carew Raleigh of West Horsley, Surr., 1s. 6da. cr. Bt. 20 July 1665; suc. fa. 1672.1

Offices Held

J.p. Buckingham 1677, Bucks. 1680-7, Feb. 1688-?d., dep. lt. Feb. 1688-?d.; commr. for assessment, Bucks. 1673-80, 1689-90, Buckingham 1679-80, inquiry, Whittlewood and Salcey forests 1679-80.2


Tyrrell’s elder brother, who offered information to the authorities in 1663 about John Wildman I and other republicans, was disinherited for his disgraceful behaviour. Tyrrell stood for Buckingham against Sir Richard Temple in February 1679, and was seated on the merits of the return. Marked as ‘country’ on Lord Huntingdon’s list, he was not an active Member of the first Exclusion Parliament. He made no recorded speeches and was appointed only to the committees to bring in a bill against profane cursing and swearing, to examine naval miscarriages and to consider a private bill. He voted for exclusion. He stood again for Buckingham at the next two elections, but he was not successful, and his petitions were not reported. He was removed from the commission of the peace in 1687, but restored to local office in the following year, presumably as a Whig collaborator. He was again unsuccessful in the 1690 election. He obtained a private Act in 1704 for the sale of part of his estate to pay debts totalling £10,000. Castle Thorpe, however, was not sold and Tyrrell was buried there on 11 Mar. 1711. The baronetcy became extinct on the death of his son, who never sat in Parliament.3

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Authors: Leonard Naylor / Geoffrey Jaggar


  • 1. Lipscomb, Bucks. iv. 175; London Mar. Lic. ed. Foster, 1345.
  • 2. Cal. Treas. Bks. vi. 184, 392.
  • 3. Lipscomb, iv. 90, 92; CSP Dom. 1663-4, p. 302; 1687-9, p. 148; 1689-90, p. 570; CJ, ix. 569, 572-3, 638, 706; 2 and 3 Anne, c. 30; VCH Bucks. iv. 351, 352.