Anthony Irby (died 1625)

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Anthony Irby (1547–6 October 1625) was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1589 and 1622.


Irby was the only son of Thomas Irby of Whaplode and his wife Isabel Serjeant, daughter of Thomas Serjeant.[1] He matriculated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1559 and was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1569.[2] His uncle was Leonard Irby.[3] He was commissioner for sewers in Lincolnshire in 1564.[4]


Irby became recorder and town clerk of Stamford, Lincolnshire. In 1588 some of the burgesses of Stamford terminated his appointment as recorder and possibly as a result, when he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) that year, it was for Boston. After making enquiries in January 1589, the Privy Council ordered in March that Irby, "a gentleman of good discretion, credit and learning", should be reinstated as recorder of Stamford, although this only happened after the burgesses were given two warnings. He became a bencher of his Inn in 1591 and Autumn Reader a year later. He was re-elected MP for Boston in 1592, and again in 1597 and 1601 during the rule of Elizabeth I of England. He was re-elected MP for Boston in 1604 after James I of England had become King. He was appointed recorder of Boston in 1613, a post he held until his death in 1625. In 1614 he was elected MP for Boston again in the Addled Parliament and was re-elected in 1621. He became a Master in Chancery in about 1621.


On 22 December 1575, he married the widow Alice Tash, daughter of Thomas Welbye.[1] They had five sons and two daughters.[1] Irby was buried at Whapload.[4] His oldest surviving son Anthony sat also in the Parliament of England.[3]


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  4. 4.0 4.1 History of Parliament Online - Anthony Irby

Parliament of England
Preceded by
Vincent Skinner
Richard Stevenson
Member of Parliament for Boston
With: Vincent Skinner 1589
Richard Stevenson 1592-1597
Henry Capell 1601
Francis Bullingham 1604
Sir Thomas Cheeke 1621-1622
Succeeded by
Sir William Airmine
Sir Clement Cotterell