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Miles Corbett
MP
Miles Corbett.jpg
Member of the [[Short Parliament, Long Parliament, Oxford Parliament (1644), Rump Parliament, Barebone's Parliament, First Protectorate Parliament, Second Protectorate Parliament, Third Protectorate Parliament Parliament]]
for Yarmouth
In office
17 March 1628 – 16 March 1660
Preceded by Sir John Corbet, 1st Baronet
Personal details
Born c1594
Sprowston, Norfolk
Died 19 April 1662
Tyburn gallows
Nationality English
Political party Parliamentarian
Occupation Member of Parliament
Profession Lawyer
Religion Puritan

Miles Corbet (1595 – 1662) was an English politician, recorder of Yarmouth and Regicide.

Life

He was the son of Sir Thomas Corbet of Sprowston, Norfolk and the younger brother of Sir John Corbet, 1st Baronet, MP for Great Yarmouth from 1625 to 1629. He entered Lincoln's Inn and was appointed Recorder of Great Yarmouth.[1]

Miles succeeded his brother John as MP for Yarmouth, England, serving from 1640 to 1653,[2] and signed Charles I's death warrant. In 1644 he was made clerk of the Court of Wards. In 1655 he was appointed Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer.[1]

After the Restoration of Charles II of England in 1660, all the 59 men who had signed the death warrant for Charles I were in grave danger as they were considered regicides. Miles Corbet, like many of the 59, fled England. He went to the Netherlands where he thought he would be safe. However, with two other regicides (John Okey and John Barkstead) he was arrested by the English ambassador to the Netherlands, Sir George Downing and returned to England under guard. After a trial, he was found, guilty, and then executed on 19 April 1662. In his dying speech he said:

When I was first called to serve in parliament I had an estate; I spent it in the service of the parliament. I never bought any king's or bishop's lands; I thought I had enough, at least I was content with it; that I might serve God and my country was that I aimed at.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Firth 1887.
  2. ^ David Plant (2005-08-02). "Biography of Miles Corbet". British-civil-wars.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-16. 
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainFirth, Charles Harding (1887). "Corbet, Miles". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography 12. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 202–203. 

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Bill  •  Link

Mr. Miles Corbet was a Gentleman of an ancient family in the county of Norfolk. He had applied himself with diligence to the study of the laws of England in the society of Lincoln's-Inn; and, for the space of thirty seven years, had been chosen to serve his country in the several parliaments that were called. Being appointed one of the high court of justice for the trial of the late King, he appeared not among the judges by reason of some scruples he had entertained, till the day that sentence was pronounced. But, upon more mature deliberation, finding them to be of no weight, he durst no longer absent himself; coming early on that day into the court, that he might give a public testimony of his satisfaction and concurrence with their proceedings. He was afterwards by the parliament made one of their commissioners for the civil government of Ireland; in which employment he manifested such integrity, that though he was continued for many years in that station, yet he impaired his own estate for the public service, whilst he was the greatest husband of the treasure of the commonwealth. The day before his death, he assured his friends, that he was so thoroughly convinced of the justice and necessity of that action for which he was to die, that if the things had been yet entire, and to do, he could not refuse to act as he had done, without affronting his reason, and opposing himself to the dictates of his conscience; adding, that the immoralities, lewdness, and corruptions of all sorts, which had been introduced and encouraged since the late revolution, were no inconsiderable justification of those proceedings.
---Memoirs of Edmund Ludlow, Esq., 1751

Bill  •  Link

CORBET, MILES (d. 1662), regicide; of a Norfolk family; barrister, Lincoln's Inn; M.P., Great Yarmouth, 1628, and in the Long parliament; active against Laud; chairman of the committee of examinations; clerk of the court of wards, 1644; registrar of the court of chancery, 1648; attended one meeting of the commission and signed Charles I's death-warrant, 1649; a commissioner for settling Irish affairs, 1650; chief baron of the exchequer in Ireland, 1655; arrested in Dublin, 1659; M.P., Yarmouth, 1660, but his election annulled; went abroad; arrested in Holland, 1662; brought to London and executed.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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