7 Annotations

First Reading

Paul Brewster  •  Link

Per Wheatley
"Sir John Lenthall who survived till 1681 was the only son of Speaker Lenthall, and Cromwell's Governor of Windsor Castle. He had been knighted by the Protector in 1657; but is styled 'Mr Lenthall' in the 'Commons Journal of the House' May 12th, 1660 where the proceedings alluded to by Pepys are fully detailed. http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1… ... On the 22nd of May following [1661?], Lenthall lost his seat for Abingdon, the double return for that borough having been decided in favour of Sir John Stonehouse; probably the then recent offence which Lenthall had given to the House of Commons had more influence in the adverse issue of the petition than the actual merits of the case."

Wheatley goes on to say that another "Sir John Lenthall of whom Pepys speaks on August 10th, 1663, was the brother to the Speaker."

Paul Brewster  •  Link

Per L&M
This Sir John "had the reputation of being a timeserver. Wood calls him 'the grand braggadocio and liar.'"

Lawrence Adams  •  Link

I went to school at Burford, (Oxon) I was told that the speaker of the House was MP for the said Town, Can some one please put me right to his true seat?

Mark Lenthall  •  Link

I thought that whilst william lenthall was born in Henley and had dealings in abbingdon, he was in fact MP for Woodstock. As regards Burford, this was the family seat in his time.

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

LENTHALL, Sir JOHN (1625-1681), son of William Lenthall, speaker of the House of Commons; educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford; M.P. for Gloucester, 1645; knighted by Cromwell, 1658 ; governor of Windsor, 1660; high sheriff of Oxfordshire, 1672; knighted by Charles II, 1677.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

Rosemary Englander  •  Link

This is a different Sir John Lenthall who was the controversial keeper of the Marshalsea and King’s Bench prisons in Southwark for many years. He died in 1669 and left a will. He was the elder brother of Speaker William Lenthall and therefore the uncle of the Sir John Lenthall MP mentioned in the previous annotations. For further information see Rosemary O’Day, An Elite family in early modern England: the Temples of Burton Dassett and Stowe (Boydell Press, 2018) and Theme 10: Lenthall Letters in Rosemary O’Day, Ed., Selected documents from Stowe Temple Family Papers at the Huntington Library, Ca. (Buckinghamshire Record Society, forthcoming 2023)

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