VINCENT, Walter (1663-92), of Truro, 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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1689 - 1690
1690 - Apr. 1692

Family and Education

bap. 25 May 1663, 3rd but 2nd surv. s. of Walter Vincent†, and bro. of Henry Vincent I*.  educ. Exeter, Oxf. matric. 1678; M. Temple 1678, called 1685.  unm.1

Offices Held

Alderman, Truro 1685–7.2

Capt. ind. coy. of ft. 1688, Luttrell’s Ft. 1689–d.3


Vincent was returned for Grampound in 1690 and was classed as a Tory and Court supporter by the Marquess of Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†), and as a government official. In December 1690 he was also included in a list of those likely to defend Carmarthen from parliamentary attack. He served with the Earl of Portland in Flanders in 1691, several of his letters to the under-secretary of state John Ellis* surviving. Vincent was back at Westminster on 30 Nov. 1691 when he had ‘an apoplectic fit in the House of Commons, was taken to the Speaker’s chamber, and was blooded’ but later recovered. Carmarthen classed him as a placeman in 1692. Vincent died ‘suddenly in the bishop’s palace at Exeter’ and was buried in the cathedral on 25 Apr. 1692.4

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Eveline Cruickshanks / Stuart Handley


  • 1. OR; St. Mary’s Par. Reg. (Devon and Cornw. Rec. Soc), i. 209; G. C. Boase, Collectanea Cornubiensia, 1148.
  • 2. CSP Dom. 1685, pp. 71–72.
  • 3. HMC 7th Rep. 417.
  • 4. Boase 1148; Add. 28926, ff. 9, 15, 21, 23, 32; 70015, f. 258; Folger Shakespeare Lib. Newdigate newsletter 1 Dec. 1691; Luttrell, Brief Relation, ii. 439; Exeter Cathedral Reg. (Devon and Cornw. Rec. Soc.), 151.