MUNDY, Edward (1667-1716), of Allestree, Derbys. and Lincoln’s Inn
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Family and Education
bap. 16 Sept. 1667, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Gilbert Mundy of Allestree by 1st w. Mary, da. of William Stenson of Normanton, Derbys. educ. Derby sch.; St. John’s, Camb. 1685; L. Inn 1686. unm. suc. fa. 1709.1
The Mundys of Allestree were a cadet branch of the Mundys of Markeaton who had first settled in the county in the early 16th century when John Mundy (later lord mayor of London 1522–3) purchased the manor from Lord Audley. The family’s estates were concentrated at Markeaton, Mackworth (where Edward was baptized) and Allestree, all close to the borough of Derby. The Mundys played a significant role in county affairs with both his cousin Francis of Markeaton and his father serving as sheriff in 1694 and 1697 respectively.2
The predilection of the family for the Christian name Edward makes it difficult to distinguish the Member from several namesakes. However, it is clear that the family exercised some political influence in Derby as the electoral correspondence of Thomas Coke* for 1700–2 contains several suggestions that ‘Mr Mundy’ be solicited for support, and on 22 Apr. 1702 Robert Harding specifically urged Coke to write to ‘Gilbert Monday and Edward Monday esq. his son in Derby’. Notes in Coke’s papers on the county poll of January 1701 confirm that Mundy was sympathetic to Tory views, having plumped for Coke in that election.3
The death of his father in 1709, and his succession to his estate, placed Mundy in a strong position to claim one of Derby’s parliamentary seats, and the acceptance of an office of profit by (Sir) Richard Levinge* (1st Bt.) enabled Mundy’s unopposed return at a by-election in 1711. His political views seem clear from his one recorded vote, on 18 June 1713, in favour of the French commerce bill. This vote for the ministry was confirmed by the Worsley list which classed him as a Tory. Having been re-elected in 1713 in partnership with Nathaniel Curzon*, this same partnership was defeated in 1715. Mundy died on 18 Dec. 1716, and was buried at Allestree. His will of 1706 described him as of ‘Lincoln’s Inn’ and referred to his houses in Irongate in Derby. His estates passed to the son of his younger brother, whose own son, Edward Miller-Mundy, represented the county from 1784 to 1822.4
Ref Volumes: 1690-1715
Author: Stuart Handley
- 1. P. C. D. Mundy, Peds. Mundy of Markeaton; Derby Sch. Reg. ed. Tachella, 7.
- 2. Lysons, Derbys. pp. xcii–xciii; Nichols, Leics. iv. 525; W. Woolley, Hist. Derbys. (Derbys. Rec. Soc. vi.), 17–18; Mundy, Peds.
- 3. BL, Lothian mss, Harding to Coke, 22 Apr. 1702, list of voters, Jan. 1701; HMC Cowper, ii. 411.
- 4. Centre Kentish Stud. Stanhope mss U1590/C9/14, Thomas* to James Stanhope*, 2 May 1713; PCC 140 Tenison; Mundy, Peds.