PALMES, Brian (c.1599-1653/4), of Walcot, Northants. and Ashwell, Rutland; later of Stapleford, Notts. and Lindley, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
Available from Cambridge University Press



1640 (Apr.)

Family and Education

b. c.1599, 1st s. of Sir Guy Palmes* and 1st w. Anne, da. and coh. of Sir Edward Stafford* of Cannon Row, Westminster.1 educ. Trin. Oxf. 1615, aged 16, DCL 1642; travelled abroad (France) 1618-21.2 m. settlement 31 Oct. 1628 (with £3,500),3 Mary (bur. 20 July 1646), da. and coh. of Gervase Teverey of Stapleford, Notts., 6s (4 d.v.p.) 4da.4 kntd. 21 Apr. 1642;5 suc. fa. 1653.6 admon. 16 Aug. 1654.7 sig. Bry[an] Palmes.

Offices Held

J.p. Yorks. (W. Riding) 1630-44,8 Rutland c.1642;9 capt. militia ft. W. Riding c.1635;10 commr. subsidy, Rutland 1641-2, Poll Tax, 1641 array, Rutland and Yorks. 1642.11


While touring in France as a young man, Palmes met the poet William Browne, who sent him a verse ‘occasioned by the most intolerable jangling of the papist bells on All Saints’ night’. His father, MP for Rutland in four parliaments, was pricked as sheriff in November 1625 to bar him from the next session, but reached an agreement whereby Sir Francis Bodenham was returned for the shire, while Palmes was elected at nearby Stamford. Palmes was named to two private bill committees, one to enable Lord Bergavenny (Sir Henry Neville II*) and his son to sell land (17 Mar. 1626), and the second (24 May) to explain a deed made by the 1st earl of Exeter (Thomas Cecil†).12

Sir Guy Palmes regained the Rutland seat in 1628, but his son did not sit. Palmes’s marriage, later in the same year, linked him to his father’s friend Sir Thomas Wentworth*, whom he visited at Dublin in 1634; it was presumably with the latter’s support that he was returned to the Short Parliament for Aldborough, Yorkshire in 1640. A royalist officer during the Civil War, his fine of £681 was incorporated into his father’s composition. He outlived his father by only a few months, dying intestate in 1654.13 His son William, a Whig, represented Malton in 14 parliaments between 1668 and 1713.

Ref Volumes: 1604-1629

Authors: Paula Watson / Simon Healy


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  • 2. Al. Ox.; APC, 1618-19, p. 143.
  • 3. SP23/198, p. 44.
  • 4. Leics RO, DE1921/1, unfol.; Vis. Notts. (Harl. Soc. iv), 81.
  • 5. Shaw, Knights of Eng. ii. 212.
  • 6. Leics. RO, DE1921/1, unfol.
  • 7. PROB 6/29, f. 319.
  • 8. C231/5, p. 35.
  • 9. Add. 15750, f. 78v.
  • 10. Add. 28082, f. 80.
  • 11. SR, v. 65, 87, 107, 154; Northants. RO, FH1333.
  • 12. APC, 1618-19, p. 143; Works of William Browne ed. W.C. Hazlitt, ii. 292; Procs. 1626, ii. 305; iii. 167, 317.
  • 13. HMC Var. vii. 291-2; CCC, 1316; PROB 6/29, f. 319.