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James Strangeways, Speaker of the House of Commons

Male 1415 - Bef 1480  (< 65 years)


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  • Name James Strangeways  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Suffix Speaker of the House of Commons 
    Born 1415  of West Harsley in Osmotherley, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 20 Aug 1480  [6
    Person ID I21368  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestors of JTS
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2018 

    Father James Strangeways,   b. of Whorlton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Joan Orrell 
    Family ID F13262  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Darcy,   b. Abt 1417,   d. Bef Nov 1461  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Married Bef 27 Sep 1431  [6
    Children 
    +1. Eleanor Strangeways,   d. Aft Jan 1494
    +2. Richard Strangeways,   b. of West Harsley in Osmotherley, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1488
    Last Modified 22 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F13177  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Sheriff of Yorkshire 1445-46, 1452-53, 1468-69. Knight of the shire for Yorkshire, 1449, 1460-62. Speaker of the House of Commons, 1461-62. Chief Justice of Durham 1461-71.

      From Wikipedia:

      A Yorkist, he fought at the 1st battle of St Albans in 1455, Blore Heath in 1459, Wakefield in 1460 (when he was reported as killed), and Towton in 1461.

      He was appointed Speaker of the House of Commons in the first parliament of Edward IV, which met in November 1461. For the first time in English history the speaker addressed the king, immediately after his presentation and allowance, in a long speech reviewing the state of affairs and recapitulating the history of the civil war. The parliament transacted hardly any business other than numerous acts of attainder against Lancastrians. It was prorogued to 6 May 1462, and then dissolved. Strangeways then served on various commissions for the defence of the kingdom and suppression of rebellions, and sat regularly on the commissions of the peace for the North and West Ridings of Yorkshire.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1588] William Brown, "Ingleby Arncliffe," Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 16:121, 1902.

    2. [S1761] Brad Verity, 20 Sep 2006, post to soc.genealogy.medieval.

    3. [S1768] Pedigrees from the Plea Rolls, Collected from Pleadings in Various Courts of Law, A.D. 1200 to 1500, from the Original Rolls in the Public Record Office, by George Wrottesley. 1905.

    4. [S1770] "Pedigrees by Sir Thomas Wriothesley, Garter." Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica 2:160, 1835.

    5. [S1761] Brad Verity, 20 Sep 2006, post to soc.genealogy.medieval., place only.

    6. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.