WOLSELEY, Sir Charles, 2nd Bt. (c.1630-1714), of Wolseley, Staffs.

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

Dates

1656 - 10 Dec. 1657

Family and Education

b. c.1630, 1st s. of Sir Robert Wolseley, 1st Bt., of Wolseley, clerk of the patents 1625-46, by Mary, da. of Sir George Wroughton of Wilcot, Wilts. educ. privately. m. 12 May 1648 (with £3,000), Anne, da. of William, 1st Visct. Saye and Sele, 7s. (3 d.v.p.) 10da. suc. fa. 21 Sept. 1646.1

Offices Held

J.p. Oxon. 1653-6, Staffs. 1653-70, Mar. 1688-?d., Cheshire 1655-6; commr. for scandalous ministers, Staffs. 1654, visitation, Oxf. Univ. 1654, militia, Staffs. 1655, Mar. 1660, statutes, Durham college 1656, assessment, Oxon. and Staffs. 1657, Staffs. 1661-3, 1664-80, 1689-90; dep. lt. Staffs. Feb. 1688-?d.2

Councillor of State 1653-9; commr. for trade 1655-7.3

Biography

Wolseley’s ancestors had held the estate from which they took their name since the 12th century, but apart from providing Members for Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1449 and Gatton in 1478 they had not sat in Parliament. Wolseley’s father, a successful office-holder, acquired the family estate from an improvident cousin for £7,275, and fought for the King in the Civil War. Wolseley was also a Cavalier, but, succeeding to the property at the age of 16, he was allowed to compound for £2,500. After his marriage he became a Cromwellian, and one of the Protector’s ‘kitchen cabinet’. He represented the county in the Protectorate Parliaments until called to the ‘Other House’. But by 1659 he had become a royalist conspirator under the influence of his friend Si