GLYNN, Nicholas (1633-97), of Glynn, nr. Bodmin, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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Mar. 1679 - Mar. 1681
1685 - 1687
1689 - 1695

Family and Education

bap. 3 Oct. 1633, 1st s. of William Glynn of Glynn by Alice, da. of Arthur Harris† of Hayne, Devon. educ. Exeter, Oxf. 1652.  m. settlement 21 June 1664, Gertrude (d. 1706), da. and coh. of Anthony Dennys of Orleigh, Devon, 3s. (2 d.v.p.) 2da. d.v.psuc. fa. 1664.1

Offices Held

Sheriff, Cornw. 1674–5; freeman, Bodmin 1685–June 1688; stannator, Foymore 1686; asst. Camelford ?–June 1688.2


The Glynns were a family of minor Cornish gentry who had been connected with Bodmin since the 14th century. Glynn had held one of Bodmin’s seats since the first election of 1679. He retained his seat in 1690. He was listed as a Tory by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†), and in December the same year was included on another of Carmarthen’s lists, probably those likely to support the lord president in the event of a Commons attack upon him. On 31 Dec. Glynn was given leave of absence ‘for the recovery of his health’, and in April 1691 was classed as a Country supporter by Robert Harley*, though this appellation was marked ‘d[oubtful]’. His absence from a call of the House on 4 Nov. 1691 led to his being ordered into custody on the 16th. On 1 Dec., however, the House was informed that Glynn was ‘very ill and has been for some time, and that the same is certified by the mayor of Bodmin his physician’, and he was granted a further month to come up. Glynn was given further leave of absence on 27 Jan., 4, 20 Dec. 1693, and 10 Apr. 1694. He did not stand at the 1695 election, presumably on grounds of ill-health. He died on 26 Mar. 1697 and was succeeded by his son Dennys*.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Polsue, Complete Paroch. Hist. Cornw. i. 195, 199; Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 178–9; Burke, LG (1952), 994.
  • 2. PC 2/72/694; J. Tregoning, Stannary Laws, 57.
  • 3. Vivian, 179.