PALMER, Geoffrey (1642-61), of Carlton Park, Northants.
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Family and Education
Palmer owed his election for Ludgershall to his mother’s Roman Catholic kinsfolk. His cousin, Elinor Blount, married George Browne of Shefford, who controlled one seat there. His father’s influence as attorney-general was brought to bear on the sheriff of Wiltshire (Sir James Thynne) to deliver the writ to his agent. Although under age, he proved an active Member during his few months in the Cavalier Parliament. He was appointed to 22 committees, most of them in conjunction with his brother Lewis, including those for the corporations and uniformity bills and the bill of pains and penalties. But he died on 31 Oct. 1661 at the age of 19, ‘the ornament of the society and the hope of the age he lived in’, and was buried at East Carlton.2