Sir Richard Onslow, MP

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Richard Onslow, Knight

Birthplace: of, West Clandon, Surrey, England
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Edward Onslow of Knowle, Cranleigh and Isabel Shirley
Husband of Elizabeth Onslow
Father of Sir Arthur Onslow, 1st Baronet; Elizabeth Berney; Catherine Cobb; Sir Henry Onslow; John Onslow and 7 others
Brother of Thomas Onslow; Elizabeth Gardner; Edward Onslow; Mary Duncombe; Anne Onslow and 3 others

Occupation: Member of Parliament
Managed by: Douglas Arthur Kellner
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About Sir Richard Onslow, MP

Sir Richard Onslow (30 July 1601 – 19 May 1664) was an English Member of Parliament and fought on the Parliamentary side during the English Civil War. He was the grandson of one Speaker of the House of Commons and the grandfather of another, both also called Richard Onslow. Onslow was knighted on 2 June 1624. He entered Parliament in 1628 as member for Surrey, and also represented that county in both the Short and Long Parliaments. When the Civil War broke out in 1642, he raised a regiment for Parliament, and in 1644 led his men at the siege of Basing House. Being of moderate views, he was one of the members excluded from Parliament in Pride's Purge in December 1648, but he was elected again for Surrey in the parliaments of 1654 and 1656. In 1658 he was elevated to Cromwell's new House of Peers. He returned to the Commons in April 1660 as MP for Guildford, where he worked closely with his more influential friend Sir Anthony Ashley-Cooper to bring about the Restoration. He remained MP for Guildford until his death Sir Richard died in 1664. His son, Arthur (1622–1688), was also MP for Guildford from 1660 to 1679 and for Surrey from 1679 until 1685. --------------------


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  2. Visitation of England and Wales, Volume 5. By College of Arms (Great Britain), England. College of arms. Page 199.
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Sir Richard Onslow, MP's Timeline

July 30, 1601
West Clandon, Surrey, England
July 30, 1601
April 23, 1622
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