SCAMBLER, James (d.1633), of Peterborough, Northants; later of Hickling, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

s. of Edmund Scambler by Julian, wid. of one Francys of London. m. (1) by 1577, Jane, da. of John Freeman of Billing, Northants., s.p.; (2) Mary, da. of William Loveday of Norwich, s.p.1

Offices Held

Feoffee of town lands, Peterborough from 1572; clerk of the foreign appostes in the Exchequer by 1589; j.p. Norf. 1593, rem. c.1596, rest. c.1598, q. 1601.2


After a period spent in the service of his father the bishop of Peterborough, and in the administration of the town lands, Scambler was returned to Parliament for the borough, at about the time that he obtained his job in the Exchequer, no doubt through the good offices of Lord Burghley, patron of both father and son. Early in 1585 the bishop was translated to Norwich, and the family followed him to Norfolk, where Scambler himself bought property and became, by 1600, a moderately substantial landowner.In his later years he lived as a country gentleman. He died in 1633.3

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: P. W. Hasler


  • 1. Vis. Norf. (Harl. Soc. xxxii), 241; Vis. Norf. 1664 (Norf. Rec. Soc. V), 192.
  • 2. Northants. Rec. Soc. ix. 195; xiii, p. lxxi; Add. 22924, ff. 6, 19; Lansd. 106, f. 1 seq.; A. H. Smith thesis, apps. ii. v.; Stiffkey Pprs. (Cam. Soc. ser. 3, xxvi), 33-6.
  • 3. Northants. Rec. Soc. xviii, pp. xl, 83 n, 86, 169; DNB (Scambler, Edmund); Lansd. 37, f. 30; 46, f. 25; HMC Hatfield, x. 18; APC, xxxi. 405; Corresp. Lady Catherine Paston (Norf. Rec. Soc. xiv), 54, 112; Blomefield, Norf. ix. 299; PCC 38 Sadler.