Anthony Nicholl

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Anthony Nicholl (died 1658) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1640 and 1656. He supported the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War.


Nicholl was a member of the Nicholl family of Penvose in Cornwall. His mother Philippa Rouse was a half-sister of John Pym and a second cousin of Sir Francis Drake.[1]

In April 1640, Nichol was elected Member of Parliament for Bossiney in the Short Parliament. He was elected MP for Bodmin for the Long Parliament in November 1640.[2] He was an extreme presbyterian and was one of the eleven members impeached in July 1647. He obtained a speaker's pass to go to Cornwall but was arrested on 17 August and brought back to Thomas Fairfax in Kingston upon Thames. He was well treated and after two days detention was sent to London with an accusation of High Treason. He escaped with the connivance of his captors. He was disabled from sitting in parliament by an order in January 1648, but this was revoked in June 1648. In 1648 he was made master of the Armoury of the Tower as compensation for the loss of his position as customer of Plymouth.[1] He was not recorded as sitting after Pride's Purge in 1648.

In 1654 Nicholl was elected as one of the MPs for Cornwall in the First Protectorate Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Cornwall in 1656 for the Second Protectorate Parliament.[2] He was appointed High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1657.[3]

Nicholl died in London in February 1658 and was buried in the Savoy.[3] A sumptuous memorial was erected by his wife at St Tudy in Cornwall.[4]


Nicholl married Ann Speccot and had a family.[4]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Bossiney
With: Sir John Clotworthy
Succeeded by
Sir John Clotworthy
Sir Christopher Yelverton, 1st Baronet
Preceded by
Richard Prideaux
Sir Richard Wynn, 2nd Baronet
Member of Parliament for Bodmin
With: John Arundell 1640
Thomas Waller 1648
Succeeded by
Not represented in Barebones parliament
Preceded by
Robert Bennet
Francis Langdon
Anthony Rous
John Bawden
Member of Parliament for Cornwall
1654 - 1656
With: Charles Boscawen 1654
Thomas Gewen 1654
James Launce 1654
Anthony Rous 1654-1656
Thomas Ceely 1654-1656
Richard Carter 1654-166
Walter Moyle 1654-1656
Anthony Rous 1656
John St Aubin 1656
Succeeded by
Hugh Boscawen
Francis Buller