Godfrey Bosvile

Colonel Godfrey Bosvile II[3] (1596–1658) (or Bosville[4]) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1653. He fought on the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War.

Arms of Bosville: Argent, five lozenges conjoined in fess gules and in chief three bear's heads erased at the neck sable muzzled or[1] as quartered (with a canton ermine ) by the Bosville Macdonald baronets of Thorpe Hall, Rudston[2]

Bosvile was the son of Captain Ralph Bosvile of a knightly family of Gunthwaite, Yorkshire and his wife Margaret Copley. He was baptised on 12 April 1596 at Sprotbrough, Yorkshire.[5] His father died in Ireland in 1601 and his mother remarried to Fulke Greville.

In April 1640, Bosvile was elected Member of Parliament for Warwick in the Short Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Warwick in December 1640 for the Long Parliament and sat through to the Rump Parliament.[6]

Bosvile took the protestation, and was appointed commissioner for Yorkshire, Warwick and Coventry. He obtained a commission in the Parliamentary army and he rose to the rank of colonel. In 1643, he marched from Coventry with eight hundred horse, and took the garrisoned house of Sir Thomas Holt. In 1644 he assisted Colonel Purefoy of Warwickshire, at the siege of Banbury. His name was put down as one of the commissioners of the high court of justice to try the king, but he declined taking any part in the trial.[7]

Bosvile died at the age of 62 in Gunthwaite, Yorkshire.

Bosvile married Margery Greville daughter of Sir Edward Greville in 1616.

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Bosville Macdonald, Alice (Lady Macdonald of the Isles), The Fortunes of a Family (Bosville of New Hall, Gunthwaite and Thorpe) Through Nine Centuries, Edinburgh, 1927[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Debrett, John (1839). "Debrett's Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland" (22 ed.). p. 669.
  2. ^ Montague-Smith, P.W. (ed.), Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, Kelly's Directories Ltd, Kingston-upon-Thames, 1968, p.519
  3. ^ Bosville Macdonald, Alice, p.61
  4. ^ Standardised spelling adopted by the family's biographer, Lady Macdonald of the Isles
  5. ^ Archives, The National. "The Discovery Service". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  6. ^ Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. pp. 229–239.
  7. ^ Noble, Mark (1798). The lives of the English regicides: and other commissioners of the pretended High court of justice, appointed to sit in judgement upon their sovereign, King Charles the First. 1.
  8. ^ Macdonald, Alice Edith Middleton (15 November 1928). "The fortunes of a family (Bosville of New Hall, Gunthwaite and Thorpe) through nine centuries, / by Lady Macdonald of the Isles". Edinburgh, Printed by T. and A. Constable ltd., 1928. Retrieved 15 November 2019 – via Internet Archive.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Warwick
1640
With: William Purefoy
Succeeded by
William Purefoy
Thomas Lucy
Preceded by
William Purefoy
Thomas Lucy
Member of Parliament for Warwick
1640–1653
With: William Purefoy
Succeeded by
Not represented in Barebones Parliament