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Sir John Glanville

Sir John Glanville the younger (1586–1661), of Broad Hinton in Wiltshire, was a Speaker of the English House of Commons during the Short Parliament.

The son of Sir John Glanville the elder, a judge and Member of Parliament, the younger Glanville was also a lawyer, a member of Lincoln's Inn who was called to the bar in around 1610. He was Recorder of Plymouth from 1614 and of Bristol from 1638; he became serjeant-at-law in 1637. He entered Parliament in 1614 and was at various times Member for Liskeard, Plymouth, Bristol and Oxford University, serving as Speaker in the Short Parliament of 1640. He was secretary to the lord admiral of the fleet during the Duke of Buckingham's assault on Cádiz in 1625, and managed several of the articles of his impeachment over the next three years.

Glanville opposed the Crown in the 1620s, preparing a protest against the dissolution of Parliament in 1625, and later spoke so strongly against ship money during his term as Speaker that the court party contrived to prevent him coming down to the House on the day the Short Parliament was dissolved. Nevertheless, from then onwards he supported the King, being knighted in 1641, disabled from sitting for his Royalist views in 1644 and imprisoned by Parliament in the Tower of London between 1645 and 1648. Nevertheless, after his release he sat again in Parliament during the Commonwealth.

External links


  • Dictionary of National Biography
  • D Brunton & D H Pennington, Members of the Long Parliament (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954)
  • Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808) [1]
  • Maija Jansson (ed.), Proceedings in Parliament, 1614 (House of Commons) (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1988)


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