Thomas Stockdale

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Thomas Stockdale of Bilton Park (died 25 December 1653), supported the Parliamentary cause during the English Civil War, and sat as a member for Knaresborough in the Long Parliament from 1645. [1] [2] He was also a Yorkshire magistrate, who was closely allied to the Fairfaxs and was a bailiff or agent for Lord Fairfax. [3] [4]

English Civil War series of armed conflicts and political machinations between Parliamentarians and Royalists

The English Civil War (1642–1651) was a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between Parliamentarians ("Roundheads") and Royalists ("Cavaliers") over, principally, the manner of England's governance. The first (1642–1646) and second (1648–1649) wars pitted the supporters of King Charles I against the supporters of the Long Parliament, while the third (1649–1651) saw fighting between supporters of King Charles II and supporters of the Rump Parliament. The war ended with the Parliamentarian victory at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651.

Knaresborough was a parliamentary constituency which returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1868, and then one MP until its abolition in 1885.

Long Parliament English Parliament which lasted from 1640 until 1660

The Long Parliament was an English Parliament which lasted from 1640 until 1660. It followed the fiasco of the Short Parliament which had convened for only three weeks during the spring of 1640, and which in turn had followed an 11-year parliamentary absence. In September 1640, King Charles I issued writs summoning a parliament to convene on 3 November 1640. He intended it to pass financial bills, a step made necessary by the costs of the Bishops' Wars in Scotland. The Long Parliament received its name from the fact that, by Act of Parliament, it stipulated it could be dissolved only with agreement of the members; and, those members did not agree to its dissolution until 16 March 1660, after the English Civil War and near the close of the Interregnum.

Stockdale married Margaret, second daughter of Sir William Parsons, an Elizabethan commissioner of plantations in Ireland. [5] they had issue that included Elizabeth (d. 25 October 1694). [1]

Sir William Parsons, 1st Baronet of Bellamont (1570–1650), was one of the Lord Justices of Ireland in 1640. He also served as Surveyor General of Ireland and Member of Parliament for Wicklow.

Plantations of Ireland

Plantations in 16th- and 17th-century Ireland involved the confiscation of land by the English crown and the colonisation of this land with settlers from the island of Great Britain. There had already been smaller-scale immigration to Ireland as far back as the 12th century, which had resulted in a distinct ethnicity in Ireland known as the Old English, or Hiberno-Normans. Unofficial plantations carried out privately by landlords also took place, such as those in County Antrim and County Down.


  1. 1 2 Gent p. 45
  2. (2008), The fascinating history of a former hunting lodge, Harrogate Advertiser, 28 March 2008
  3. James, p. 54
  4. Urban, Sylvanus (1848). The Gentleman's magazine,Volume 184, p. 594
  5. Burke, p. 418

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir William Constable, Bt
Member of Parliament for Knaresborough
With: Sir William Constable, Bt
Succeeded by
Unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament