LISLE, Edward (1692-1753), of Moyles Court, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1727 - 1734
1734 - 1741

Family and Education

b. 17 May 1692,1 1st s. of Edward Lisle, barrister-at-law, of Crux Easton and Moyles Court by Mary, da. of Sir Ambrose Phillipps of Garendon, Leics. educ. M. Temple 1710; Magdalen, Oxf. 1711. m. 8 Nov. 1726, a da. (with ‘£60,000 and upwards’)2 of John Carter of Weston Colville, Cambs., wid. of one Bush, s.p. suc. fa. 1722.

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Edward Lisle, whose family had held lands in the Isle of Wight since the twelfth century, was the heir male of John de Lisle who was summoned to Parliament in person in 1299. His father’s uncle, John Lisle, M.P., the regicide, was a member of Cromwell’s ‘other House’, as Lord Lisle, and married the well-known Lady Alice Lisle, the heiress of Moyles Court, who was judicially murdered by Judge Jeffreys in 1685. Returned as a Tory on the Bruce interest at Marlborough in 1727, he was again successful there with Frances Seymour in 1734, but decided to sit for Hampshire, in which his estates lay. In Parliament he voted against the Administration in all recorded divisions. His only reported speeches were on 26 Feb. 1735, when he supported the appointment of a committee to enquire into the postmaster general’s power to open letters, and on 21 Jan. 1736 in connexion with a petition against his return for Hampshire, which was delayed till April that year and then not heard. At Michaelmas 1739 one Caecilius Calvert exhibited a bill in the court of Chancery, claiming Lisle’s estates, on the ground that an annuity to him of £400, which was charged on them, had not been paid. Lisle fled to Montpellier, in France, telling his servants that he ‘did not know whether he should ever return to the kingdom again’. On 28 Feb. 1740 Calvert petitioned the House, stating that he could not proceed with his bill because of Lisle’s parliamentary privilege. Lisle was ordered to attend the House on 13 March, when, in his absence, it was resolved that he ‘be suspended from the benefit of the privilege of this House (except as to his person) until he shall attend this House in his place’.3 He died 15 June 1753.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Genealogist, vii. 267-8.
  • 2. Pol. State, xxxii. 510.
  • 3. CJ, xxiii. 481, 499.