PENNINGTON, Joseph (1564-c.1640), of Muncaster, Cumb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. 7 June 1564, 1st s. of William Pennington of Muncaster by Bridget, da. of John Hudleston of Farington, Lancs., wid. of Sir Hugh Ayscough (Askew) of Seaton. educ. L. Inn 1582. m. Isabel, da. of Alvery or William Copley, wid. of Sir Robert Savile, 1s. 1da. suc. fa. 1573.

Offices Held

Steward of lands of former priory of Calder 1589 (fee 10s. p.a.); j.p. Cumb. from c. 1591, sheriff 1599-1600, 1610-11; border commr. 1605.


Of a family settled at Muncaster from the twelfth century, Pennington succeeded as well to other substantial estates in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire. Elected for Cumberland in 1597, he could have attended committees on enclosures (5 Nov.), the poor law (5, 22 Nov.), armour and weapons (8 Nov.), penal laws (8 Nov.), monopolies (10 Nov.), the subsidy (15 Nov.) and horse theft (16 Nov.). He died about 1640.

C142/168/16; Vis. Cumb. (Harl. Soc. vii), 22-4; E315/309, f. 69; HMC 10th Rep. IV, 229, 236-72; VCH Lancs. viii. 338-40, 355; Border Pprs. i. 106; D’Ewes, 552, 553, 555, 557, 558, 561; Townshend, Hist. Colls. 106; CSP Dom. 1603-10, p. 193.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: R.C.G.