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Michael Robinson  •  Link

Per L&M Companion:

(1615-91) A leading Presbyterian and parliamentarian in Hampshire and a friend of Oliver Cromwell. M.P. under the Commonwealth and 1661-91.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Pepys probably knew Col. Richard Norton MP (1615-1691), the former governor of Portsmouth, who owned the former monastic estate of Southwick, seven miles away, as a result of his first marriage.

Norton was also Lt. for Alice Holt and Woolmer forests in 1657-1659, and July 1660-1662. After handing over the crown forests to someone named Legge in 1662, Norton supplied the navy with timber from his own woodlands, and joined with two other Hampshire Members, Lord St.John (Charles Powlett I) and Sir Robert Howard, in raising a loan of £20,000 for the second Dutch war, for which he returned briefly to sea.

By Col. Richard Norton MP’s second marriage to Elizabeth, the daughter of William, 1st Visct. Saye and Sele, he had 3 sons, and 2 daughters, but no surviving sons from his first marriage, so I think we can assume Daniel was a result of the second marriage.

Oliver Cromwell called Norton ‘Idle Dick,’ as he was not an active Member of any Parliament. That’s not a nice name for the man who arranged Richard Cromwell’s marriage. So we know Norton was well connected: for instance, he was the guardian of Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper from 1631 to his death (hard to believe the Earl of Shaftsbury needed a guardian in 1683 when he died, don’t you think?).

For more information, see http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1…

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