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Sir Job Charlton

Sir Job Charlton, 1st Baronet KS (c. 1614 – 26 May 1697) was an English judge and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1659 and 1679. He was Speaker of the House of Commons of England briefly in 1673.


Charlton was born in London, the only surviving son of Robert Charlton, goldsmith,[1] of Mincing Lane, London and perhaps of Whitton Court, Shropshire, and his first wife Emma Harby, daughter of Thomas Harby of Adstone, Northamptonshire. He matriculated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford on 20 April 1632, aged 17. He was a student of Lincoln's Inn in 1633 and was called to the bar in 1640.[2]

In 1659, Charlton was elected Member of Parliament for Ludlow in the Third Protectorate Parliament. He was elected MP for Ludlow again in 1660 for the Convention Parliament. He was a justice of the Oxford circuit in July 1660 and was created serjeant-at-law in October 1660. In 1661, he was re-elected MP for Ludlow for the Cavalier Parliament. He served as a justice of the Chester circuit from 1661 to 1662. He was made a King's Serjeant in 1668.

Charlton served as Speaker from 4 to 18 February 1673, pleading ill health to retire. He left Parliament in 1679, and was forced out of the post of Chief Justice of Chester in 1680 when Judge Jeffreys desired it, being placed in the Court of Common Pleas instead. In lieu of that office Charlton was, on 26 April 1680, made chief justice of the common pleas; but having given his opinion in opposition to the king's dispensing power, he was removed from office on 26 April 1680. He was, however, restored to the chief justiceship of Chester in 1686, and on 12 May that year was created a baronet.[3]

He died at his seat at Ludford, (then in Herefordshire but now in Shropshire), 29 May 1697.[3]


He was a direct descendant of Edward I and a cousin to Catherine Parr.

By his first wife, Dorothy (marriage 31 March 1645), daughter and heiress of William Blunden of Bishop's Castle,[1] he had four sons and three daughters, including:[4]

Following the death of his first wife in 1658, he went on to marry Lettice Waring on 12 November 1663, cousin of his first wife and daughter of Walter Waring of Oldbury. They had one son and one daughter:[4]

The baronetcy became extinct with the fourth holder in 1784.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Charlton, Sir Job, first baronet (c.1614–1697)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/5164. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Helms, M. W.; Cruickshanks, Eveline (1983). "Charlton, Job". In Henning, B. D. (ed.). The House of Commons 1660-1690. The History of Parliament Trust.
  3. ^ a b c Henderson, Thomas Finlayson (1887). "Charlton, Job" . In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 10. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  4. ^ a b Burke, John; Burke, Bernard (1844). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland (2nd ed.). London: John Smith. p. 108.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHenderson, Thomas Finlayson (1887). "Charlton, Job". In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 10. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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Sir Job Charlton, serjeant at law, chief justice of Chester, a dull Welch judge, 500l. per annum for his speaker's place.
---A Seasonable Argument ... for a New Parliament. Andrew Marvell, [1677] 1776.

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