ROUS, John II (c.1618-80), of Tachbrooke Mallory, Warws.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

b. c.1618, 3rd s. of Sir John Rous of Rous Lench, Worcs. by Esther, da. of Sir Thomas Temple, 1st Bt., of Burton Dassett, Warws.; bro. of Sir Thomas Rous, 1st Bt. educ. L. Inn 1636. m. Mary, da. and coh. of John Combe of The College, Stratford-on-Avon, Warws., wid. of Thomas Wagstaffe of Tachbrooke Mallory, s.p.1

Offices Held

J.p. Warws. 1649-52, 1653-d.; commr. for assessment, Warws. 1649-52, 1657, Aug. 1660-d., Coventry 1650-2, 1657, Warwick Sept. 1660-1, militia, Warws. Mar. 1660, sheriff 1675-6.


Rous took no known part in the Civil War. He had settled on his wife’s dower, two miles from Warwick, by 1649, and served on the commission of the peace during the Interregnum, although he did not attend quarter sessions at all regularly. In his step-daughter’s words, which presumably reflect his own attitude, ‘he had the honour to be chose one of the burgesses for Warwick in that renowned Convention (afterwards a Parliament) which restored King Charles II to his throne’. He was probably in opposition, like his brother, but his only certain committee was for a Buckinghamshire estate bill. He did not stand again, but he must have conformed, as he became an active county magistrate. He died on 2 Nov. 1680, and was buried at Bishop’s Tachbrooke.2

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Authors: M. W. Helms / A. M. Mimardière


  • 1. Vis. Worcs. (Harl. Soc. xc), 82; VCH Warws. v. 164.
  • 2. Dugdale, Warws. 485; Sessions Order Bk. (Warws. Recs. iv), p. xxvii.