CALVERLEY, William (c.1622-60), of Holborn, London.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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11 Apr. - 4 July 1660

Family and Education

b. c.1622, o.s. of Sheffield Calverley, merchant, of Newcastle by Barbara, da. of William Hall, merchant, of Newcastle. educ. L. Inn 1640, called 1647. unm. suc. fa. 1623.1

Offices Held

Freeman, Newcastle 1660.2


Calverley was descended from an ancient and widespread Yorkshire gentry family. His father, a younger son, was apprenticed to a Newcastle alderman and married his master’s daughter, but died young. Calverley himself, a lawyer, was occasionally consulted by the great Newcastle companies, but avoided all political commitment or office. He was probably elected to the Convention as substitute for his stepfather Ralph Grey, a prominent member of the corporation, who at the age of 76 could legitimately be excused the long journey to Westminster. He made no speeches and was named to no committees, but he probably supported the Government. Given leave of absence on 29 June 1660, he died in the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn five days later, and was buried in St. Nicholas, Newcastle.3

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Authors: M. W. Helms / Gillian Hampson


  • 1. Clay, Dugdale’s Vis. Yorks. i. 247.
  • 2. Reg. of Freemen (Newcastle Recs. Committee iii), 76.
  • 3. Newcastle Merchant Adventurers (Surtees Soc. xciii), 184; (ci), 232, 245; Newcastle Hostmen (Surtees Soc. cv), 249, 250; Northumb. Vis. Peds. ed. Foster, 65; Rylands Lib. mss. 299, f. 382.