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Sir Edward Phelips, by an unknown artist.

Sir Edward Phelips (c.1555/60–1614) was the Speaker of the English House of Commons from 1604 until 1611, and subsequently Master of the Rolls from 1611 until his death in 1614. He was an elected MP from 1584, and in 1588, following a successful career as a lawyer, he commissioned Montacute House to be built as a home for himself and his family. He was knighted in 1603[1] and one of his biggest roles was as the opening prosecutor during the trial of the Gunpowder Plotters.[2] He married Elizabeth Newdigate, and his son, Sir Robert Phelips, inherited his land and property.[3]

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Preceded by
Sir John Croke
Speaker of the House of Commons
1603–1611
Succeeded by
Sir Randolph Crewe
Preceded by
Edward Bruce
Master of the Rolls
1611–1614
Succeeded by
Sir Julius Caesar
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