GLYN, Nicholas (1633-97), of Glynn, Cardinham, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Mar. 1679
Oct. 1679

Family and Education

bap. 3 Oct. 1633, 1st s. of William Glyn of Glynn by Alice, da. of Arthur Harris of Hayne, Devon. educ. Exeter, Oxf. 1652. m. settlement 21 June 1664, Gertrude, da. and coh. of Anthony Dennys of Orleigh, Devon, 3s. (2 d.v.p.) 2da. suc. fa. 1664.1

Offices Held

Commr. for militia, Cornw. Mar. 1660, assessment Aug. 1660-80, 1689-90, j.p. 1666-July 1688, Oct. 1688-d., sheriff 1674-5, maj. of militia ft. by 1679-Feb. 1688; freeman, Bodmin 1685-June 1688; stannator, Foymore 1686; asst. Camelford to June 1688.2


Glyn belonged to a minor Cornish family settled on the property from which they took their name since at least the 14th century. They had not previously entered Parliament, though they had provided mayors of Bodmin in the 15th and 16th centuries, and his grandfather was sheriff of Cornwall in 1620. His father appears to have taken no part in the Civil War, but served on the county assessment commissions of 1647 and 1648.3

Returned for Bodmin, three miles from his home, to the Exclusion Parliaments, Glyn was classed by Shaftesbury as ‘honest’, but he did not vote on the committal of the first exclusion bill. He was presumably a court supporter, however, since he remained a j.p. But he was named to no committees throughout the period and was fined for defaulting on a call of the House on 4 Jan. 1681. Nevertheless he joined the syndicate of ‘the knights and burgesses of the present Parliament for Cornwall’ which applied for the Tangier victualling contract. He was named to the Bodmin corporation in the new charter, and re-elected unopposed. According to Anthony Rowe he voted to agree with the Lords that the throne was not vacant. He was twice granted leave of absence, but left no other trace on the records of the Convention. Re-elected for the last time in 1690, he was buried at Cardinham on 27 Mar. 1697. His son sat for Camelford as a Tory from 1698 to 1705.4

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Burke, Gentry (1952), 994; Gilbert, Paroch. Hist. Cornw. i. 196, 199; Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 178-9
  • 2. CSP Dom. 1679-80, p. 61; J. Wallis, Bodmin Reg. 169; PC2/72/694; J. Tregoning, Laws of the Stannaries, 57.
  • 3. J. Maclean, Trigg Minor , ii. 58-62; Gilbert, i. 200.
  • 4. Cal. Treas. Bks. vii. 148-9; CJ , ix. 703; x. 67, 216; PCC 93 Pyne.