SKIPWITH, Edward (d.c.1620), of Biscathorpe and Benniworth, Lincs.

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

Illegit. s. of Sir William Skipwith of South Ormsby by Ann, da. of John Tothby of Tothby. educ. Magdalene, Camb. 1571; Clement’s Inn; L. Inn 1575, called 1584. m. (1) ?1586, Mary (d.1601), da. of Richard Hansard of Biscathorpe, 1s. 2da.; (2) 1604, Elizabeth, da. of Roger Death of Gosberton, wid. of one Bayley.

Offices Held

Member of Grimsby commission for gaol delivery 1592; j.p. Lincs. (Lindsey) from c.1601; bencher, L. Inn 1600, keeper of black bk. 1605-6, excused from treasurership 1611 on account of infirmity; escheator, Lincs. 1618-19.


Skipwith was a lawyer who presumably gained the Great Grimsby seat through his family connexions. His services were used by Louth corporation in 1609 in obtaining an inspeximus of its charter. He died between 24 Nov. 1619, when he made his will, and 3 Apr. following, when the will was proved in the Lincoln consistory court.

A.R. Maddison, Lincs. Wills. i. 112; A. Gibbons, Notes on Vis. Lincs. (Lincoln, privately 1893), p. 49; W. O. Massingberd, Hist. Ormsby cum Ketsby (Lincoln, privately ?1894), p. 111; HMC 14th Rep. VIII, 262; Black Bk. L. Inn i. 434; ii. 59, 61, 95, 137; R. W. Goulding, Louth Old Corp. Recs. (Louth, 1891), p. 13.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: D.O.