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First Reading

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From the L&M Companion:
'The Great Swynfen' was John (1613-94), a leading Presbyterian M.P. who sat in most parliaments 1640-94 and was M.P. for Tamworth during the diary period... The other Swynfen mentioned was his son Richard (b. 1634), an Oxford graduate, admitted to Gray's Inn 1660 and shortly afterwards made secretary... to Manchester, the Lord Chamberlain.

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also from L&M Companion
His grandson Samuel Swynfen was a godfather of Dr. Johnson.

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

SWYNFEN or SWINFEN, JOHN (1612-1694), politician; M.P. for Stafford in the Long parliament, 1640, on the side of the parliament; excluded by Pride's Purge, 1648; restored by Monck; prominent at the Restoration as an opponent of the court party.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.



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