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George Fane, MP

Birthdate: (47)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: April 25, 1663 (43-51)
Hatton Garden, London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: London, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland and Mary Fane, Countess of Westmorland
Husband of Dorothy Fane
Father of Bridget Bolle; Sir Henry Fane and Dorothy Okes
Brother of Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland; Lady Grace Home; Thomas Fane; Lady Mary Fane; Lady Elizabeth Fane and 8 others

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About George Fane, MP

Colonel George Fane DL, JP (c. 1616 – April 1663) was the fifth but fourth surviving son of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland by his wife, Mary (d.1640), daughter and heir of Sir Anthony Mildmay of Apethorpe, co. Northampton.

Known as Colonel the Hon. George Fane (ffane or Vane), he was educated at Eton College (1637-32)[citation needed]. Matriculating at Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1632), he travelled abroad from 1635 to 1638, visiting Italy.

Fane was Member of Parliament (MP) for Callington, in Cornwall 1640-43, a seat controlled by the Rolle family of Heanton Satchville, and then for Wallingford in Berkshire 1661-1663. He was one of the most active Members in the opening sessions of the Cavalier Parliament, serving on 84 committees.

He was a Captain of an Irish foot regiment by 1642,
a royalist lt. colonel by 1643, and colonel of a foot regiment 1644-49.
He fought as a colonel at Marston Moor.
He was a Justice of the peace (JP) for Berks (1660-death),
a Berkshire Deputy Lieutenant (1660-death),
a Commissioner for assessment, Warwickshire (August 1660-1661), and one for Berkshire (1661–1663).

Fane acquired the mortgage, in trust for his son, of a Thameside Berkshire estate at Basildon House in 1656 in the names of his sister, Lady Bath (who may have supplied the money) and his nephew, Charles Fane, Lord le Despenser, (later the third Earl of Westmorland and 10th Baron le Despencer).

He married, by 1650, Dorothy (born c19 August 1630) daughter and heir of James Horsey (d.1630) of Honington (Hunningham), Warwickshire. (That property was sold in 1690 and 1695).

Colonel Fane died in the parish of St Andrew's, Hatton Garden and was buried in St Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield on 25 April 1663, a church which had close links to his mother's family.

His was survived by his son Sir Henry Fane, KB and his wife who later re-married.


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FANE (VANE), Hon. George (c.1616-63), of Basildon, Berks. and Hatton Garden, London.

Family and Education

b. c. 1616, 5th but 4th surv. s. of Francis Fane†, 1st Earl of Westmorland, by Mary, da. and h. of Sir Anthony Mildmay of Apethorpe, Northants.; bro. of Mildmay Fane† and Sir Francis Fane. educ. Eton 1627-32; Emmanuel, Camb. 1632; travelled abroad (Italy) 1635-8. m. by 1650, Dorothy, da. and h. of James Horsey of Honington, Warws., wid. of Thomas Marsh of Cambridge, and Hackney, Mdx., 1s. 1da.1

Offices Held

Capt. of ft. [I] 1642, lt.-col. (royalist) by 1643, col. 1644-9.2

J.p. Berks. July 1660-d., dep. lt. c. Aug. 1660-d.; commr. for assessment, Warws. Aug. 1660-1, Berks. 1661-d., corporations, Berks. 1661-3, loyal and indigent officers 1662.3


Fane was disabled for royalism early in the Civil War when he was serving in Ireland. He fought as a colonel at Marston Moor, and was granted the reversion of a clerkship in the court of wards, worth £7,000 p.a. He seems to have returned to Ireland, but compounded on his own discovery in 1649. He possessed nothing but clothing, equipment and a horse, worth in all £60, and escaped with a fine of £3. This was doubtless a preliminary to his marriage to an heiress, whose property would otherwise have become liable to sequestration. He was imprisoned for a few weeks in 1651 on suspicion, but took no part in royalist plots during the Interregnum. As a precaution, however, he purchased his estate at Basildon in 1656 in the names of his sister, Lady Bath (who may have advanced him some of the money) and his nephew, Lord le Despenser (Charles Fane).4

Fane stood for Wallingford, ten miles upstream, in 1661. A few days before the poll, assisted by three other deputy lieutenants, he ‘ejected the mayor ... and established another in his room, upon pretence of an authority from his Majesty’. Secretary Nicholas was instructed on 28 Mar. to prepare a letter for the King’s signature, expressing his great dislike of these proceedings, and ordering them to reinstate the mayor; but Fane was duly returned four days later. He was one of the most active Members in the opening sessions of the Cavalier Parliament, serving on 84 committees, including those for the security, corporations and uniformity bills, and the bill of pains and penalties. On 28 May he acted as teller against a Lords amendment. He took a prominent part in private bills, carrying four to the Upper House, probably introducing two others, and reporting on another, that of Anthony Ettrick. His name stands first in the committees for bills to establish a registry of pawnbrokers, to provide allowances for curates and to reduce the rate of interest on loyalists’ debts. He helped to manage conferences on the corporations bill and the bill of pains and penalties. He was one of the Members appointed to attend the lord treasurer about the Forest of Dean on 25 July, and to perfect the bill for the regulation of printing on the next day. After the autumn recess he was named to the committee on the bill for the execution of those under attainder. On 16 Apr. 1662 he was voted £10,000 compensation for the abolition of the court of wards, but his applications for an immediate payment of half this sum out of the Post Office revenue and for a post on the Irish establishment bore no fruit. He was among the Members instructed on 19 May to present an address on draining Lindsey level. Clearly he was in close touch with the Court, his brother the 2nd Earl of Westmorland using him as an intermediary with Lord Chancellor Clarendon. He was the first Member appointed to consider a petition from Cholsey, a village adjoining his constituency, on 20 Mar. 1663. A fortnight later he was one of the Members ordered to thank the King for his message about priests and Jesuits. But he died in the same month, and was buried on 25 Apr. at St. Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield.5

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Leonard Naylor


  • 1. VCH Northants. Fams. 97, 112.
  • 2. P. Young, Marston Moor, 96-97; HMC Ormonde, i. 128, 159, 210.
  • 3. Berks. RO, Wallingford stat. bk. ff. 25-26.
  • 4. Keeler, Long Parl. 172; Cal. Comm. Comp. 2099; VCH Berks. iii. 460-1; CSP Dom. 1651, pp. 113, 209.
  • 5. PC2/55, ff. 180-1; SP29/33/51; CJ, viii. 311, 314, 326; CSP Dom. 1661-2, p. 221; CSP Ire. 1663-5, p. 512; Cal. Cl. SP, v. 240.


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  • Mary MILDMAY (C. Westmoreland)
  • Born: ABT 1582, Apethorpe, Northamtonshire, England
  • Died: 9 Apr 1649, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England
  • Father: Anthony MILDMAY (Sir)
  • Mother: Grace SHARINGTON
  • Married: Francis FANE (1º E. Westmoreland) (b. Feb 1579) (son of Sir Thomas Fane and Mary Neville)
  • Children:
    • 1. Rachel FANE (C. Bath) (m. Henry Bourchier, 5º E. Bath - Lionel Cranfield, 3º E. Middlesex)
    • 2. MILDMAY FANE (2° E. Westmoreland) (m.1 Grace Thornhurst - m.2 Mary Vere)
    • 3. Catherine FANE (m. Conyers Darcy)
    • 4. Elizabeth FANE (m. William Cope of Icombe)
    • 5. Francis FANE of Fulbeck (Sir Knight) (m. Elizabeh West)
    • '6. George FANE (m. Dorothy Marsh)
    • 7. William FANE (m. Frances Rodney)
    • 8. Grace FANE (m. James Home)
    • 9. Joan FANE
    • 10. Thomas FANE
    • 11. Anthony FANE (m. Anna Benn)
    • 12. Mary FANE (m. Dutton Gerard)
    • 13. Frances FANE
  • From: MILDMAY (C. Westmoreland)
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  • ' George Fane is the son of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland and Mary Mildmay.1
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    • 1.Sir Henry Fane+1 d. Jan 1705/6
  • Citations
  • 1.[S1457] Paul W. Harding, "re: British Admirals-Age of Nelson," e-mail message to Darryl Lundy, 10 September 2005. Hereinafter cited as "re: Age of Nelson."
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London, Middlesex, England
Age 33
Bedsell, Kent, England
Age 34
Basildon, Berkshire, England
April 25, 1663
Age 47
Hatton Garden, London, Middlesex, England
April 25, 1663
Age 47
London, Middlesex, England