CORDELL, Sir John, 3rd Bt. (1677-1704), of Melford Hall, Long Melford, Suff.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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Feb. - Nov. 1701

Family and Education

bap. 11 Nov. 1677, o. s. of Sir John Cordell, 2nd Bt.†, of Melford Hall by Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Waldegrave† of Smallbridge, Bures, Suff.  m. 24 Dec. 1701, Eleanor, da. of Joseph Haskins Stiles*, s.psuc. fa. as 3rd Bt. Sept. 1690.

Offices Held

Freeman, Sudbury by 1703.1


Probably returned on his own interest at Sudbury in January 1701, Cordell was included in the ‘black list’ of those who had opposed the preparations for war against France, and in December stood down in favour of his prospective father-in-law, Joseph Haskins Stiles, acting as an ‘agent’ for Stiles in the borough and continuing to support him actively in the 1702 election.2

Killed by a fall from his horse on 8 May 1704, Cordell was buried at Long Melford. The baronetcy became extinct and his estate was divided between his two sisters. Melford Hall passed eventually to his nephew, Sir Cordell Firebrace, 3rd Bt.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: D. W. Hayton


  • 1. Suff. RO (Bury St. Edmunds), Sudbury bor. recs. EE501/4/3.
  • 2. CJ, xiv. 120, 245.
  • 3. Howard, Vis. Suff. i. 247.