WARING, Edmund (c.1638-87), of Owlbury, Lydham, Salop and Llandinam, Mont.
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Family and Education
b. c.1638, 1st s. of Walter Waring of Owlbury by Jane, da. and h. of Humphrey Robinson of The Lynches, Bishop’s Castle, Salop. educ. L. Inn 1656. m. by 1667, Mary (d.1676), 2s. suc. fa. 1658.1
J.p. Salop July 1660-d., Mont. 1662-d.; commr. for assessment, Salop and Mont. Aug. 1660-80; cornet of vol. horse, Salop c. Oct. 1660, farmer of excise Sept. 1660-2; freeman, Ludlow 1662; commr. for corporations, Salop 1662-3, recusants 1675; common councilman, Bishop’s Castle by 1679.2
Commr. for wine duties 1670-4.3
Waring’s grandfather, a Staffordshire lawyer, acquired Owlbury and Llandinam by marriage, together with the rectory and advowson of Bishop’s Castle. His father, a royalist commissioner of array in the Civil War, compounded in 1646 with a fine of £511. Waring was returned for Bishop’s Castle, two miles from his home, in 1660, and marked as a friend by Lord Wharton. He was named only to the committees to provide an establishment for Dunkirk and to support the drainage of the fens; but he must have given satisfaction to the Court, for he was awarded the county excise farm, and included in the Montgomeryshire list of the projected order of the Royal Oak, with an income of £700 p.a. When he was named to the assessment commission, the Lords were careful to insert his address to distinguish him from his republican cousin, who had sat on the high court of justice and represented Bridgnorth under the Protectorate.4
Waring was re-elected in 1661 together with William Oakeley, who married his sister two years later. Another sister married (Sir) Job Charlton, thereby strengthening his interest at Court. But he was not active in the Cavalier Parliament, in which he was appointed to only 19 committees, of which the most important was for the conventicles bill on 8 Dec. 1670. As commissioner for the wine duties, he was said to occupy a place ‘of trouble and difficulty, rather than of profit and honour’. He was included in the opposition list of the court party in 1671, and received the government whip in the autumn of 1675, but he was noted as absent by Sir Richard Wiseman. According to A Seasonable Argument, Waring needed a pension ‘to keep him out of prison’, while in Flagellum Parliamentarium he was described as ‘an excise officer and collector of the hearth-money, worth £700’. In fact his only connexion with the unpopular hearth-