GURDON, Philip (c.1631-90), of Assington, Suff.

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

Family and Education

b. c.1631, 3rd s. of John Gurdon. educ. Colchester g.s. 1643; Emmanuel, Camb. 1650, BA 1653, MA (Queens’) 1657. m. (1) lic. 19 Oct. 1669 (aged 38), Elizabeth (d.1670), wid. of Thomas Agge, merchant, of London, 1da.; (2) Margaret (d.1675), da. of Sir Andrew Jenoure, 2nd Bt., of Great Dunmow, Essex, s.p.; (3) lic. 20 July 1679, Rachel, da. of Sir Thomas Abdy, 1st Bt., of Felix Hall, Kelvedon, Essex, s.p.; (4) 20 Feb. 1690, Lucy, da. of Roger Hatton, Draper, of Mark Lane, London, wid. of Thomas Steward of Haslingfield, Cambs., s.p. suc. bro. 1683.1

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Suff. 1679-80, 1689-90.


Gurdon was probably a nonconformist in religion like his father, since he was not appointed to the commission of the peace after he succeeded to the family estates in 1683. Returned to the Convention for Sudbury he was appointed to no committees, made no recorded speeches, and was twice given leave to go into the country. He did not support the disabling clause in the bill to restore corporations. He was re-elected in 1690, but died shortly afterwards and was buried at Assington on 23 June. By the terms of his will his property in Suffolk, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London was divided between his brother and sister. His nephew John was elected at Sudbury in 1699.2

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. J. J. Muskett, Suff. Manorial Fams. i. 282-8; Vis. England and Wales Notes ed. Crisp, ix. 108; Add. 19077, if. 69, 77; St. Martin Outwich (Harl. Soc. Reg. xxxii), 45; London Mar. Lic. ed. Foster, 1287; London Vis. Peds. (Harl. Soc. xcii), 75; J. R. Woodhead, Rulers of London, 86; Mon. Inscriptions from Cambs. 77.
  • 2. PCC I24 Dyke.