John Gurdon (MP)

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John Gurdon (3 July 1595 – 9 September 1679) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1640 and 1660. He supported the parliamentary cause in the English Civil War.

Gurdon was the son of a country gentleman, Brampton Gurdon, with estates at Letton Norfolk and Assington, Suffolk. He was elected to the Short Parliament and Long Parliament in 1640 as Member for Ipswich,[1] He supported the Parliamentarian cause in the Civil War and in the internal dissension between the parliamentarians he supported the Army party. He remained in the House of Commons after Pride's Purge, but when named one of the Commissioners for the trial of the King he refused to attend. Nevertheless, he was chosen a member of the council of State in 1650, 1651 and 1652. After the expulsion of the Long Parliament, he sat for Suffolk in the First Protectorate Parliament (1654) and for Sudbury in the Convention Parliament of 1660. He was not re-elected after the Restoration.[1]

Gurdon married Anne Parker, daughter of Sir Calthorpe Parker of Erwarton. His children included Philip Gurdon (c. 1630–1690), who was also MP for Sudbury, and the Reverend Nathaniel Gurdon, DD (died 1696), Rector of Chelmsford, who survived his brother and inherited Assington on his death.


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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: William Cage 1640-1645
Francis Bacon 1645-1653
Succeeded by
Not represented in Barebones Parliament
Preceded by
Jacob Caley
Francis Brewster
Robert Dunken
John Clark
Edward Plumstead
Member of Parliament for Suffolk
With: Sir William Spring
Sir Thomas Barnardiston
Sir T Bedingfield
William Bloys
William Gibbes
John Brandling
Alexander Bence
John Sicklemore
Thomas Bacon
Succeeded by
Sir William Spring
Sir Thomas Barnardiston
Sir Henry Felton
Henry North
Edmund Harvey
Edward Le Neve
John Sicklemore
William Bloys
William Gibbes
Robert Brewster
Daniel Wall
Preceded by
Not represented in restored Rump
Member of Parliament for Sudbury
With: Joseph Brand
Succeeded by
Thomas Waldegrave
Isaac Appleton