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Sir William Blois, Esq.,MP

Birthdate:
Birthplace: St. Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England Or Grundesburgh, Suffolk, Eng
Death: November 13, 1673 (73)
Grundesburgh, Suffolk, Eng
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Blois, Kt. and Frances Blois
Husband of Elizabeth Bloise
Father of William Blois Kt.; Abigail Blois; Cecily Blois; Thomas Blois; Annah Blois and 3 others
Brother of Alice Acton; Francis Bloise; Abigail Hodges, of Ipswich; Mary Bloise; John Bloise and 2 others

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About Sir William Blois, Esq.,MP

b. 7 July 1600, 1st s. of William Blois, merchant, of Ipswich and Grundisburgh Hall by Frances, da. of John Tye of Ipswich. educ. Pembroke, Camb. 1617, BA 1620; G. Inn 1619. m. Elizabeth, da. of Sir Thomas Wingfield of Letheringham, 5s. (3 d.v.p.) 3 da. suc. fa. 1621.2

Offices Held

Commr. for sequestrations, Suff. 1643, execution of ordinances 1643, levying of money 1643, eastern assoc. 1643, assessment, Suff. 1644-52, 1657, Aug. 1660-d., Ipswich 1663-d., new model ordinance, Suff. 1645; elder, Ipswich classic, 1645; j.p. Suff. by 1650-3, 1657-d.3

Capt. of ft. (parliamentary) 1643, col. by 1645, 1648.4

Biography Blois’s ancestors had resided at Grundisburgh since the reign of Henry VII, although it was Blois himself who acquired the manor. He abandoned trade, sold his Ipswich house to Francis Bacon, and devoted himself to the study of local genealogies. A Presbyterian in religion, he served in the parliamentary army in both Civil Wars, commanding a regiment at the siege of Colchester. He was twice returned for the county under the Protectorate, although not well disposed to the regime. In January 1660 he signed and presented the Suffolk petition for a free Parliament to George Monck.5

Blois did not stand in 1660, but he was returned for Ipswich at the general election of 1661 as an opponent of the Court. He took little part in the Cavalier Parliament, for he was not appointed to any committees and made no recorded speeches. Absent from a call of the House in December 1666, he was excused any penalty on account of his ‘aged, sick and infirm’ condition. He died on 13 Nov. 1673, and was buried at Grundisburgh.6

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690 Author: Paula Watson Notes 1. Excluded. 2. Vis. Suff. (Harl. Soc. lxi), 138; Suff. Inst. Arch. Procs. xiv. 149; Copinger, Suff. Manors, iii. 47-48. 3. County of Suff. Divided (1647), 2. 4. Suff. and the Gt. Rebellion (Suff. Rec. Soc. iii), 63, 71, 130. 5. Copinger, iii. 20, 47-48; Suff. Inst. Arch. Procs. xxvi. 167; Add. 25335, f. 52; PCC 15 Savile. 6. Suff. Inst. Arch. Procs. xiv. 149

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Sir William Blois, Esq.,MP's Timeline

1600
July 7, 1600
St. Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England Or Grundesburgh, Suffolk, Eng
July 15, 1600
St. Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
July 15, 1600
St. Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
1641
1641
Kelton, Suffolk, England>
1673
November 13, 1673
Age 73
Grundesburgh, Suffolk, Eng
November 1673
Age 73
1940
November 12, 1940
Age 73
November 12, 1940
Age 73
1941
January 8, 1941
Age 73
January 8, 1941
Age 73