KYNASTON, Edward II (1643-99), of Oteley Park, Salop.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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1698 - May 1699

Family and Education

bap. 24 Aug. 1643, 3rd s. of Edward Kynaston of Oteley by Katherine, da. of Sir John Hanmer, 1st Bt., of Hanmer, Flints. educ. Ruthin g.s. c.1654. m. Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Sir Robert Broke, 1st Bt., of Nacton, Suff., 3s. 4da. suc. bro. 1661.1

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Salop 1661-80, Flints. and Salop 1689-90; j.p. Salop 1671-June 1688, Nov. 1688-96, commr. for recusants 1675, dep. lt. 1683-Mar. 1688, Oct. 1688-96.


Kynaston belonged to a cadet branch of the family, which had produced a knight of the shire in 1554. His grandfather, Sir Francis Kynaston, was commissioner of array for Charles I, and his father, an esquire of the body to the King, compounded in 1647 on a fine of £2,000 reduced to £1,500.2

After the Rye House Plot Kynaston, a Tory, helped to search for arms in the houses of William Leveson Gower, William Forester and other Whig suspects. On his election for the county in 1685 he was described to Sunderland as ‘very loyal’. No committee work in James II’s Parliament can be ascribed to him, and he was probably totally inactive. He was absent when the questions on the repeal of the Test and Penal Laws were put to the Shropshire magistracy, and was removed from office. Re-elected to the Convention, he voted to agree with the Lords that the throne was not vacant, but otherwise was again inactive. He continued to act with the Tories, and refused to sign the Association in 1696, for which he was removed from the commission of the peace. His death was reported on 23 May 1699. He was the last of this branch of the family to sit in Parliament.3

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Trans. Salop Arch. Soc. (ser. 4), xii. 4-5; Vis. Salop (Harl. Soc. xxix), 299; J. R. Burton, Walcot Fam. 59-60.
  • 2. Trans. Salop Arch. Soc. (ser. 4), xi. 164-5; Cal. Comm. Comp. 1024.
  • 3. CSP Dom. July-Sept. 1683, p. 18; 1685, p. 103; Trans. Salop Arch. Soc. (ser. 4), xii. 5; Luttrell, iv. 519.