List of members nominated to the English parliament in 1653

This is a list of Members of Parliament nominated to the English parliament convened by Oliver Cromwell in 1653.

This Parliament was called the "Little Parliament", as no burgesses (representatives of cities and boroughs) were summoned to it except from the City of London. It did however include a small number of representatives for Scotland and Ireland. Given its skeletal nature, it was nicknamed the Barebone's Parliament after Praise-God Barebone one of the representatives for the City of London. The parliament first met on 5 July 1653 and sat until 12 December 1653.

List of constituencies and membersEdit

This list contains details of the Members nominated by Oliver Cromwell and the Army Council in 1653. There were no elections.

Constituency Members Notes
Bedfordshire Nathaniel Taylor
Edward Cater.[1][2]
Berkshire Samuel Dunch
Vincent Goddard
Thomas Wood.[1][2]
Buckinghamshire George Fleetwood
George Baldwin.[1][2]
Cambridgeshire John Sadler
Thomas French
Robert Castle
Samuel Warner.[1][2]
Cheshire Robert Duckenfield
Henry Birkenhead.[1][2]
Cornwall Robert Bennet
Francis Langdon
Anthony Rous
John Bawden.[1][2]
Cumberland Robert Fenwick.[3][2]
Derbyshire Gervase Bennet
Nathaniel Barton.[1][2]
Devon General-at-sea George Monck
John Carew
Thomas Saunders
Christopher Martyn
James Erisey
Francis Rous[a]
Richard Sweet.[1][2]
Dorset William Sydenham
John Bingham.[1][2]
Durham Henry Dawson.[3][b]
Essex Joachim Matthews
Henry Barrington
John Brewster
Christopher Earl
Dudley Templer.[1][2]
Gloucestershire John Crofts
William Neast
Robert Holmes.[1][2]
Hampshire See Southampton (below)
Herefordshire Wroth Rogers
John Herring.[4][5]
Hertfordshire Henry Lawrence
William Reeve.[1][5]
Huntingdonshire Edward Montagu
Stephen Pheasant.[4][5]
Kent Viscount Lisle
Thomas Blount
William Kenrick
William Cullen
Andrew Broughton.[4][5]
Lancashire William West
John Sawry
Robert Cunliffe.[4][5]
Leicestershire Henry Danvers
Edward Smith
John Prat.[4][5]
Lincolnshire Sir William Brownlow
Richard Cust
Barnaby Bowtel
Humphrey Walcot
William Thompson.[4][5]
Middlesex Sir William Roberts
Augustine Wingfield
Arthur Squib.[4][5]
City of London Robert Tichborne
John Ireton
Samuel Moyer
John Langley
John Stone
Henry Barton
Praise-God Barebone.[4][5]
Monmouthshire Philip Jones.[4][5]
Norfolk Robert Jermy
Tobias Frere
Ralph Wolmer
Henry King
William Burton.[4][5]
Northamptonshire Sir Gilbert Pickering

Thomas Brooke.[4][5]
Northumberland Henry Ogle.[3][5]
Nottinghamshire John Oddingsels
Edward Cludd.[4][5]
Oxfordshire Sir Charles Wolseley
William Draper
Dr Jonathan Goddard.[4][5]
Rutland Edward Horseman.[4][5]
Shropshire William Bottrell
Thomas Baker.[4][5]
Somerset General-at-sea Robert Blake
John Pine
Dennis Hollister
Henry Henley.[5]
County of Southampton Richard Norton
Richard Major
John Hildesley.[1][5]
Staffordshire George Bellot
John Chetwood.[4][5]
Suffolk Jacob Caley
Francis Brewster
Robert Dunken
John Clarke
Edward Plumstead.[4][6]
Surrey Samuel Highland
Laurence March.[4][6]
Sussex Anthony Stapley
William Spence
Nathaniel Studeley.[4][6]
Warwickshire John St Nicholas
Richard Lucy.[4][6]
Westmoreland Major-General Charles Howard.[3][6]
Wiltshire Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper
Nicholas Green
Thomas Eyre.[4][6]
Worcestershire Richard Salwey
John James.[4][6]
Yorkshire Lord Eure
Walter Strickland
Francis Lascelles
John Anlaby
Thomas Dickenson
Thomas St. Nicholas
Roger Coats
Edward Gill.[4][6][6]
WALES. Bussy Mansell
James Philipps
John Williams
Hugh Courtenay
Richard Price
John Brown.[4][6]
SCOTLAND. Sir James Hope
Alexander Brodie (nominated but did not take his seat) [7]
John Swinton
William Lockhart
Alexander Jaffrays.[4][6]
IRELAND. Sir Robert King
Colonel John Hewson
Colonel Henry Cromwell
Colonel John Clark
Daniel Hutchinson (Alderman)
Vincent Gookin.[4][6]
Nominated Lord General Oliver Cromwell
Major-General Lambert
Major-General Harrison
Major-General Desborough
Colonel Matthew Tomlinson.[4][8]

Total of 140 (England and Wales 129, Scotland 5, Ireland 6),[9] with an additional six nominated by the assembly.[8][c]

See alsoEdit

Barebone's Parliament


  1. ^ Rous was appointed Speaker monthly (Willis 1750, p. 255).
  2. ^ Dawson or Davison (Willis 1750, p. 255).
  3. ^ Sources vary slightly:
    • Total 144: made up of 128 members from England and Wales, and for Scotland and Ireland (and additional nominations) 16 (Willis 1750, p. 258)
    • Total 144 (Burton & Goddard 1828, p. 500).
    • "From the names submitted, the Council chose 140 members: 129 for England, 5 for Scotland, and 6 for Ireland" ( staff 2010). This number excludes the additional nominated members but includes an additional English MP.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Burton & Goddard 1828, p. 499.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Willis 1750, p. 255.
  3. ^ a b c d Burton & Goddard 1828, p. 499 listed under "Four Northern Counties"
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa Burton & Goddard 1828, p. 500.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Willis 1750, p. 256.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Willis 1750, p. 257.
  7. ^ Alison G. Muir, ‘Brodie, Alexander, of Brodie, Lord Brodie (1617–1680)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 16 Aug 2017
  8. ^ a b Willis 1750, p. 258.
  9. ^ staff 2010.


  • staff (13 March 2010), England: Parliament 1640-1660,, archived from the original on 25 December 2009, retrieved 7 September 2013
  • Burton, Thomas; Goddard, Guibon (1828), Rutt, John Towill (ed.), Diary, of Thomas Burton, esq. member in the parliaments of Oliver and Richard Cromwell from 1656-59: ... With an ... account of the Parliament of 1654; from the journal of Guibon Goddard, vol. 4, pp. 499–500
  • Willis, Browne (1750). "Little Parliament". 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. 255–258.

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