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Authorised form of namePowle; Henry (1630 - 1692)
SurnamePowle
ForenamesHenry
Dates1630 - 1692
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Shottesbrooke, Berkshire, England, Europe (c. October 1630)
Baptism:
Shottesbrooke, Berkshire, England, Europe (18 October 1630)
Death:
England, Europe (21 November 1692)
Burial:
Quenington Church, Gloucestershire, England, Europe
ActivityProfession:
Barrister
Education:
Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1646); Lincoln's Inn (admitted 1647)
Career:
Called to the Bar (1654); Bencher of Lincoln's Inn (1659); Colonel of Militia for Gloucestershire (1660-1670); Commissioner for Assessment for Gloucestershire (1660-1680); Westminster (1679-1680), New Windsor and Westminster (1689), Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Middlesex (1689-1690); Deputy-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire (1660); MP for Cirencester (1660, 1671-1681, 1690), East Grinsted (1681), New Windsor (1689-1690); Commissioner for Corporations (1662-1663); Commissioner for Loyal and Indigent Officers (1662); Commisssioner for Recusants (1675); Speaker of the House of Commons (1689-1690); Privy Councillor (1679, 1689); Master of the Rolls (1689-1692)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Original Fellow
Election Date:
20/05/1663
Date of ejection/withdrawal:
22 July 1685 (due to lack of payment)
RelationshipsParents: Henry Powle and Katherine Herbert
Siblings: Sir Richard Powle (FRS 1663)
Married: 1) Hon. Elizabeth Newport 2) Frances Cranfield (widow of Richard Sackville, 5th Earl of Dorset (FRS 1665))
General contextOne of Powle's more noteworthy speeches showed his early sympathy for a broader church as he opposed the established religion according to the 'Thirty-Nine Articles'. He was well-known as an opposition speaker in parliament, e.g. speaking out against the king's declaration of indulgence in 1673 and promoting the Test Act. He also had contacts abroad, in particular in The Hague with William III. The collections of precedents, journals and manuscripts was split up across a variety of organisations, with the Landsdowne collection and Bodleian Library holding them. Generally, his legal and historical knowledge was highly respected amongst his peers.
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Foster; Henning; ODNB
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/12651892
Royal Society codeNA6139
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
CLP/2/33/1Paper, 'An account of the whispering place at Gloucester [Cathedral]' by William Henry Powle29 October 1662
EL/O1/34Henry Oldenburg to Henry Powle12 September 1666
EL/P1/68Extract of a letter from Henry Powle to Paul Neilend
EL/P1/70Henry Powle to Henry Oldenburgnd
RBO/3/34'The History of Iron or An Account of the Manner of its Preparation In the Forrest of Dean Brought in by Mr Henry Powle'1666
RBC/1/58'Mr Henry Powle His Account of the Whispering Place at Gloucester'29 October 1662
RBC/2/73'The History of Iron or An Account of the manner of its Preparation in the fforest of Dean Brought in by Mr Henry Powle'1666
CLP/9ii/3Paper, 'Mr Powle's account of Mr Phillippes' paper concerning the variation of needle' by Henry Powle[1666]
CLP/2/33Paper, 'An account of the whispering place at Gloucester [Cathedral]' by William Henry Powle29 October 1662
CLP/2/33/2Drawing, whispering place in Gloucester Cathedral by William Henry Powle29 October 1662
EL/P1/69Henry Powle to Henry Oldenburgnd
CLP/9i/17Paper, 'A History of Iron or an Account of the manner of it's Preparation in the Forest of Deane' by Henry Powle[1666]
CLP/9i/17/2Drawing, design of a furnace for ironworks in the Forest of Dean by Henry Powle[1666]
CLP/9i/17/1Paper, 'A History of Iron or an Account of the manner of it's Preparation in the Forest of Deane' by Henry Powle[1666]
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