GRANTHAM, Francis (c.1579-1619), of Langton-by-Wragby, Lincs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1579, s. of Vincent Grantham of Goltho and St. Katherine’s, Lincoln by Elizabeth, da. of Sir Francis Ayscough of South Kelsey; bro. of Thomas II. educ. Jesus, Camb. c.1590; L. Inn 1595. m. Jane, da. of Thomas Hutchison of Owthorpe, Notts., 2s.

Offices Held


Grantham’s inclusion as a Member of Parliament rests upon a single statement by Townshend (Hist. Colls. 330). On 17 Dec. 1601, when a question on a matter of privilege was put in the House,

All cried I, I, I, but only young Mr. Francis Grantham, who gave a great No. At which the House laughed and he blushed.

It might be expected that a Grantham would sit for a Lincolnshire borough, especially as Francis Grantham’s brother was sheriff at the time of the 1601 election. But as no vacancy is known to have occurred, Grantham’s presence in the House two days before the end of the Parliament remains unexplained.

Grantham made his will at Langton-by-Wragby in January 1614. He died in 1619 and was buried at St. Martin’s, Lincoln, among his ancestors, as he had wished. His widow proved the will at Lincoln in February 1620.

Lincs. Peds. (Harl. Soc, li), 421-3; Vis. Notts. (Harl. Soc. iv), 115-16; Lincs. Wills, ed. Maddison, ii. 89-90.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Irene Cassidy