AGLIONBY (EGLIONBIE), Edward (1587-1648), of Carlisle, Cumb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
Available from Cambridge University Press



Family and Education

b. 28 Jan. 1587,1 o.s. of Edward Aglionby† of Carlisle and Elizabeth, da. of Cuthbert Musgrave of Crookdake, Cumb.2 m. (settlement 1 Apr. 1608) Jane, da. of Henry Brougham of Blackwell Hall, co. Dur., 3s. 1da.3 suc. fa. 1599.4 d. 1648.5

Offices Held

Mayor, Carlisle 1610-11, 1612-14, 1618-19, 1625-6, 1630-1, 1646-7;6 j.p. Cumb. 1632-3, 1634-at least 1640.7


Aglionby claimed descent from a Norman settler who gave his name to a village some three miles east of Carlisle. His ancestors regularly represented the city from 1368, and his father sat in two Elizabethan Parliaments.8 On the latter’s murder at Christmas 1599, Aglionby’s wardship was purchased by a neighbour, John Hilton, for £30.9 At his majority Aglionby inherited the manors of Aglionby, Tarraby and Cumwhinton, with eight burgages in Carlisle and meadows and pastures in the neighbourhood.10 For reasons not discovered, he was imprisoned in 1622, and released upon bail of £70 paid by Lord William Howard.11 Aglionby had already served three times as mayor of Carlisle by the time he was elected to represent the borough in the last Jacobean Parliament. Although not formally appointed to the committee, he apparently took an interest in the Durham enfranchisement bill (25 Mar. 1624), as his name appears among a list of those present at its first meeting.12 He was re-elected in the following year, but left no trace on the records of the Commons.

Aglionby was ineligible to stand at the general election in 1626, at which time he was serving his fourth term as mayor of Carlisle, but as the town’s returning officer he secured the election of his kinsman, the courtier Richard Graham*. On 7 Apr. 1626 Aglionby petitioned the Privy Council on behalf of the city for the repair of two bridges over the river Eden, as required by a statute of 1601.13 In 1627 he was nominated as a trustee for payment of a stipendiary lecturer at Carlisle.14 Aglionby acquired further property in the area, which he settled on his eldest son, a royalist in arms during the Civil War.15 He himself preserved neutrality, and served a final term as mayor after Parliament had gained control of the North. Aglionby died, apparently intestate, in 1648. His grandson John played a prominent part in the affairs of Carlisle as its recorder after the Restoration; another descendant, Henry, represented the city in 1721.

Ref Volumes: 1604-1629

Authors: John. P. Ferris / Rosemary Sgroi


  • 1. C142/263/53.
  • 2. Vis. Cumb. and Westmld. ed. Foster, 1.
  • 3. Cumb. RO (Carlisle), D/Cu4/130, 134, 136.
  • 4. C142/263/53.
  • 5. CCC, 1668.
  • 6. Cumb. RO (Carlisle), D/MH1, f. 310; Ca2/21/2.
  • 7. C231/5, pp. 72, 118, 141; C66/2858.
  • 8. Hutchinson, Cumb. i. 195-6.
  • 9. WARD 9/159, f. 105.
  • 10. CBP, ii. 634.
  • 11. Naworth Household Bk. ed. G. Ornsby (Surtees Soc. lxviii), 199, 204-5.
  • 12. CJ, i. 749b; C.R. Kyle, ‘Attendance Lists’, PPE 1604-48 ed. Kyle, 211.
  • 13. APC, 1625-6, p. 416.
  • 14. Cumb. RO (Carlisle), Ca2/120.
  • 15. SP23/205, pp. 29, 37, 40.