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Sir John Duncombe (1622 – 4 March 1687) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1679. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1672 and 1676.

Duncombe was the son of William Duncombe of Battlesden and his wife Elizabeth Poyntz, daughter of Sir John Poyntz of South Ockendon, Essex and was baptised on 29 July 1622.[1] He was educated at Eton College and Christ's College, Cambridge.[2] He was knighted in 1648.

In 1660, Duncombe was elected Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds in the Convention Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Bury St Edmunds in 1661 for the Cavalier Parliament. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 22 November 1672 to 2 May 1676.[1]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury
Chancellor of the Exchequer of England
22 November 1672 – 2 May 1676
Succeeded by
Sir John Ernle

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Sir John Duncomb, a pensioner of 2000l. per annum; in boons 20,000l.
---A Seasonable Argument ... for a New Parliament. Andrew Marvell, [1677] 1776.

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Sir John Duncombe was the son of Sir Edward Duncombe of Battlesden. He was knighted by Charles I. while the king was a prisoner at Carisbrooke Castle. He was M.P. for Bury St. Edmunds in the parliaments of 166o and 1661, and was appointed a Commissioner of the Treasury in 1667. In 1672 he became, on the resignation of Ashley, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Burnet describes him as "a judicious man, but very haughty, and apt to raise enemies. He was an able Parliament man, but could not go into all the designs of the Court; for he had a sense of religion and a zeal for the liberty of his country" ("Own Time," vol. i., p. 437, ed. 1833).
--- Wheatley. Diary, 1904.

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