WORSLEY, Sir Henry, 2nd Bt. (1613-66), of Appuldurcombe, Godshill, I.o.W.

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

Dates

Apr. 1640
1661 - 11 Sept. 1666

Family and Education

b. 31 May 1613, 1st s. of Sir Richard Worsley, 1st Bt., of Appuldurcombe by Frances, da. of Sir Henry Neville of Billingbear, Berks. m. 4 June 1632 (with £4,000), Bridget, da. of Sir Henry Wallop of Farleigh Wallop, Hants, 3s. (1 d.v.p.) 2da. suc. fa. 27 June 1621.2

Offices Held

J.p. Hants 1642-d.; commr. for assessment, Hants 1643-52, Jan. 1660-d., I.o.W. 1645-50, Aug. 1660-1, 1663-4; dep. lt. I.o.W. 1643; commr. for sequestration, Hants 1643, accounts I.o.W. 1643, levying money, Hants and I.o.W. 1643, execution of ordinances 1644, safety 1645, sheriff 1657-8; commr. fair militia, I.o.W. 1659, oyer and terminer, Western circuit July 1660.3

Biography

Worsley’s ancestors originated in Lancashire, which one of them represented in the Parliament of 1386. His branch of the family settled at Appuldurcombe in 1527, acquired the freehold at the dissolution of the monasteries, and established a strong interest in the Isle of Wight boroughs. Worsley supported the Parliamentarians in the Civil War, although he was not conspicuously active. He abstained from sitting after Pride’s Purge, but held local office until his death. Returned to the Convention for Newtown, he was listed by Lord Wharton as a friend, and he may have acted with the Presbyterian Opposition. In the first session he was appointed to no committees and was granted leave to go into the country on 16 June 1660. In the second session he was nominated to committees for two bills, one to prevent profane swearing and the other