STRICKLAND, Walter (c.1623-71), of Skelgarrs, Ripon, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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1661 - 23 Jan. 1671

Family and Education

b. c.1623, 2nd s. of Sir Robert Strickland of Sizergh, Westmld., and bro. of Sir Thomas Strickland. educ. G. Inn 1641. m. (1) Anne, da. of Ambrose Pudsay of Bolton Hall, Yorks., wid. of Thomas Layton of Sexhow, Yorks., s.p.; (2) lic. 11 Jan. 1670, ‘aged 42’, Barbara (d. 12 Sept. 1708), da. of Hon. Henry Belasyse of Newburgh Priory, Yorks., 1da.

Offices Held

Servant to Charles I; equerry 1663-d.2

Capt. of horse (royalist) 1643-?45, lt. 1667.

Alderman, Ripon 1661-d., mayor 1665-6; commr. for assessment, Westmld. 1661-3, Yorks. (W. Riding) 1663-9; j.p. liberties of Ripon, Sutton and Marston 1662-d.; commr. for corporations, Yorks. 1662-3, loyal and indigent officers, Westmld. 1662; receiver-gen. of taxes, Yorks. 1664-9, crown revenues 1670-d., hearth-tax, W. Riding and York 1670-d.; dep. lt. (W. Riding) 1667-d.3


‘A menial servant’ of Charles I, Strickland served under his father in the royalist army in the first Civil War, and took part in the northern conspiracy in 1655. But at the rendezvous on Marston Moor his nerve broke, and he set the example of flight. He was sentenced to transportation, but this was never carried into effect.4

At the general election of 1661 Strickland was returned for Thirsk, probably on the Belasyse interest. A moderately active Member of the Cavalier Parliament, he was named to 43 committees, including the committee of elections and privileges in six sessions, and acted as teller in five divisions. In the first session he was among those appointed to report on the shortfall in the revenue, to consider the corporations and uniformity bills, and to inquire whether James Philipps* had joined in sentencing the royalist conspirator John Gerard under the Protectorate. After the Christmas recess he acted as teller for hearing the report of Francis Goodricke* on the alnage, and with his brother against the continued detention of a Buckinghamshire baronet for infringing the privilege of Edward Grey*. He was awarded a pension of £200, backdated to the Restoration, though he was unable to secure pa