ARTHINGTON, Henry II (1655-82), of Arthington, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Mar. 1679

Family and Education

bap. 20 Sept. 1655, 2nd but o. surv. s. of Henry Arthington I. educ. St. Peter’s, York; Christ’s, Camb. 1670. unm. suc. fa. 1671.1

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Yorks. (W. Riding) 1679-80, j.p. by 1680-d.


Arthington was initially invited to contest Aldborough at the first general election of 1679 by Sir John Reresby, although subsequently he agreed to stand jointly with Reresby’s opponent, Sir Godfrey Copley, on the interest of the lord of the manor, John Wentworth. Classed as ‘worthy’ by Shaftesbury, he proved totally inactive in the first Exclusion Parliament. He was given leave on 14 May, and was still absent for the division on the bill. He nevertheless considered standing for re-election in August but did not go to the poll. He died on 21 Feb. 1682 and was buried at Adel. His cousin, Cyril Arthington, inherited the property, and was returned for Aldborough in 1701.2

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: P. A. Bolton


  • 1. R. Thoresby, Ducatus Leodiensis (1816), 8; Adel Par. Reg. (Thoresby Soc. v), 42, 206.
  • 2. R. V. Taylor, Leeds Worthies, 163; Reresby Mems. 169-70; C10/510/4.