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Sidney Godolphin (colonel)

Colonel Sidney Godolphin (1652–1732) was a British Army officer and politician who sat in the House of Commons for over 40 years between 1685 and 1737.

Godolphin came from an ancient Cornish family. The Godolphin family had held a long lease of Scilly since the late 16th century. Godolphin was Governor of The Isles of Scilly and Auditor of Wales.

Godolphin was returned as Member of Parliament for Helston in 1685 and held the seat until 1687. [1] He was returned as MP for Penryn in 1690 and held the seat until 1695. In 1698 he was elected again as MP for Helston which he held until 1713. He was also returned at West Looe in 1702 but chose to stay at Helston.[2] He regained the seat at Helston in 1715 but in 1722 changed to St Mawes. In 1727 he was returned instead for St Germans which he held until his death.[3] He served in Parliament long enough to become 'Father of the House'.

The Assessment Book of Thames Ditton showing assessments for the relief of the poor gives the Colonel's address as 'Ditton Street' — but it was probably Forde's Farm:

"He spent his time in arms till his state of health, requiring ease and quiet, made him quit a military life, but not the service of his Country, which he represented in Parliament near fifty years, and died Father of the House. It was his felicity to be valued and countenanced by his Sovereign, esteemed and loved by his friends and relations..."

Godolphin died at the age of 81 in 1732. He has a portrait-bust on his memorial, erected by his youngest daughter Ellen, in The Lady Chapel of St Nicholas Church.

Marriage and issueEdit

He was married to Susannah Tannat; they had one son:

  • Tannat Godolphin

and five daughters

    • Margaret
    • Mary
    • Penelope, who married Francis Hoblyn
    • Elizabeth
    • Ellen

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GODOLPHIN, Sidney II (1652-1732), of Broniarth, Mont. and Thames Ditton, Surr". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "GODOLPHIN, Sidney (1652-1732), of Abertanat, Salop and Thames Ditton, Surr". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "GODOLPHIN, Sidney (1652-1732), of Thames Ditton, Surr". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  • Philip J Burchett (1984). A Historical Sketch of THAMES DITTON. Surrey: Thames Ditton and Weston Green Residents' Association. ISBN 0-904811-20-4. 
  • TS Mercer (1970). More THAMES DITTON Tales and Scandals. Surrey: Ditton's Historical Research Society. ISBN 0-9501256-0-1. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Samuel Rolle
Alexander Pendarves
Member of Parliament for Penryn
1690–1695
With: Alexander Pendarves
Succeeded by
Alexander Pendarves
James Vernon
Preceded by
Charles Godolphin
Francis Godolphin
Member of Parliament for Helston
1698–1707
With: Charles Godolphin 1698–1701
Viscount Rialton 1701–1707
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
James Kendall
The Earl of Ranelagh
Member of Parliament for West Looe
1702
With: The Earl of Ranelagh
Succeeded by
The Earl of Ranelagh
Richard Hele
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Helston
1707–1713
With: Viscount Rialton 1707–1708
John Evelyn 1708–1710
George Granville 1710
Robert Child 1710–1713
Succeeded by
Henry Campion
Charles Coxe
Preceded by
Thomas Tonkin
Alexander Pendarves
Member of Parliament for Helston
1715–1722
With: Sir Gilbert Heathcote
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Raymond
Walter Carey
Preceded by
William Lowndes
John Chetwynd
Member of Parliament for St Mawes
1722–1727
With: Samuel Travers 1722–1726
Samuel Molyneux 1726–1727
Succeeded by
Henry Vane
John Knight
Preceded by
Lord Binning
Philip Cavendish
Member of Parliament for St Germans
1727–1732
With: Sir Gilbert Heathcote
Succeeded by
Sir Gilbert Heathcote
Richard Eliot