WYLDE (WILDE), George II (1594-1650), of Droitwich, Worcs. and the Inner Temple, London

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



7 Dec. 1648 - 15 Jan. 1650

Family and Education

bap. 20 Jan. 1594,1 2nd. s. of George Wylde I* (d.1616) of the Harriots, Droitwich, Worcs. and Frances, da. of Sir Edmund Huddleston of Sawston, Cambs.; bro. of John*.2 educ. Balliol, Oxf. 1608, BA 1611; I. Temple 1604, called 1618.3 unm. d. 15 Jan. 1650.4

Offices Held

Steward, Reader’s dinner, I. Temple, 1631, bencher 1635-d.5

Freeman, Droitwich c.1615-d.;6 commr. reducing Worcs. to the obedience of Parl. 1644, assessment, Worcs. 1644, 1649-d., militia, 1648;7 j.p. Worcs. by 1650.8


Wylde followed his father and elder brother into the legal profession but never achieved their prominence. In addition to his income from the law, his father conveyed to him five salt bullaries at Droitwich, the requirement for membership of the corporation, and he also inherited the ‘new mills’.9

Wylde owed his election for Droitwich to his family’s local influence in the borough. His father had sat for Droitwich under Elizabeth and James, and his brother John represented the borough in every Parliament of the 1620s. The brothers’ monopolization of the borough’s representation in 1628 may have led to controversy, for on 4 Apr. one or other of them complained about an ‘unfit’ letter about the election, which was referred to the privileges committee.10 None of the parliamentary sources for 1628 or 1629 distinguish between Wylde and his brother, and as John Wylde was already an experienced parliamentarian the inference is that all the references to ‘Mr. Wylde’ are to him.

Wylde resumed his parliamentary career in 1648, replacing the deceased major-general Thomas Rainsborough. He died in January 1650, and was buried six days later in Westminster Abbey near St. Paul’s chapel door, when a sermon was preached by John Ridley.11 Although no will has been found, Wylde certainly left £10 to the Inner Temple.12 A monument was erected in the abbey.13

Ref Volumes: 1604-1629

Authors: Glyn Redworth / Ben Coates


  • 1. Regs. Church of St. Peter de Witton, Droitwich ed. M.T. Bowles (Birmingham and Midland Soc. for Genealogy and Heraldry, 1986), p. 9.
  • 2. Vis. Worcs. (Harl. Soc. xc), 104-5.
  • 3. Al. Ox.; CITR, ii. 6, 107.
  • 4. H. K[eepe], Monumenta Westmonasteriensia (1683), p. 344.
  • 5. CITR, ii. 189, 224.
  • 6. Worcs. RO, 261.4/BA 1006/33/613, 640.
  • 7. A. and O. i. 507, 542, 1244, ii. 94, 310.
  • 8. C193/13/3, f. 67v.
  • 9. PROB 11/127, f. 248v.
  • 10. CD 1628, ii. 296.
  • 11. Regs. Westminster Abbey ed. J.L. Chester, 143; Add. 39941, f. 17v.
  • 12. CITR, ii. 294.
  • 13. Keepe, 159, 344.