STRATFORD, John (c.1630-1701), of Coventry and Horston Grange, Warws.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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Constituency

Dates

Oct. 1679 - Mar. 1681
1689 - 1695

Family and Education

b. c.1630, 1st s. of Edward Stratford of Horston Grange; bro. of Francis Stratford*.  educ. Pembroke, Camb. 1647; G. Inn 1649.  m. 10 Aug. 1655, Mary da. of John Combes of Daventry, Northants., sis. of Sir John Combes, c.j. of Chester, 2s. 2da.  suc. fa. c.1665.1

Offices Held

Sheriff, Warws. 1667–8; commr. inquiry into recusancy fines, Leics., Northants., Rutland and Warws. 1688.2

Biography

The son of a colliery owner who had purchased a landed estate, Stratford had supported Exclusion while sitting for Coventry between 1679 and 1681. In 1687 he was subject to allegations by an Anglican clergyman that he was a Dissenter, and a sympathy for James II’s attempt to repeal the Penal Laws and Test is suggested by his appointment the following year to inquire into recusancy fines levied in the Midlands. He was returned to the Convention for Coventry, and having retained this seat at the 1690 election Stratford was classed by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†) as a Whig and a Court supporter. In December the same year he was listed among those thought likely to su