John Bingham (Roundhead)

John Bingham (1615–1673) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1645 and 1659. He served in the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War.

Bingham was the son of Richard Bingham, of Bingham's Melcombe, Dorset and his wife Jane Hopton, daughter of Sir Arthur Hopton.[1] He matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford on 9 December 1631, aged 18. He was a student of the Middle Temple in 1632.[2]

In the Civil War, Bingham was colonel of a regiment of the parliamentary army and Bingham's Melcombe was used as the headquarters of the local parliamentary forces.[3] He was governor of Poole, and took part in the siege of Corfe Castle.[2] He was elected Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury in 1645 in the Long Parliament[4] and survived Pride's Purge to serve in the Rump Parliament.[2] He was nominated MP for Dorset in 1653 for the Barebones Parliament and elected MP for Dorset in 1654, 1656 and 1658 for the First, Second and Third Protectorate Parliaments.

He was Governor of Guernsey from 1651 to 1660.

Bingham married firstly Frances Trenchard, daughter of John Trenchard, and secondly Jane Norwood of Gloucestershire. He had no male heir and was succeeded by his nephew Richard.[1]


  1. ^ a b Memoirs of the Binghams
  2. ^ a b c 'Alumni Oxonienses, 1500-1714: Bennell-Bloye', Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714: Abannan-Kyte (1891), pp. 106-141. Date accessed: 21 April 2011
  3. ^ "Parks and Gardens UK - Bingham's Meclombe". Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  4. ^ 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.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
William Whitaker
Samuel Turner
Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury
With: William Whitaker 1645–1646
George Starre 1646
John Fry 1647–1648
Succeeded by
Not represented in Barebones Parliament
Preceded by
John Browne
Member of Parliament for Dorset
With: William Sydenham 1653–1656
John Trenchard 1654–1656
John Fitzjames 1654–1656
Henry Henley 1654
Sir Walter Earle 1654
Robert Coker 1656
James Dewey 1656
Sir Walter Earle 1659
Succeeded by
Not represented in Restored Rump