MONKE (MUNCK), John (c.1659-1701), of Kingston Bowsey, Suss.

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

b. c.1659, 1st s. of John Monke of Hurston, Storrington. educ. Oriel, Oxf. matric. 20 Oct. 1676, aged 17. m. (1) 19 Oct. 1682, Susanna (d. 9 May 1690), da. and h. of William Blaker of Buckingham House, Old Shoreham, 2s. (1 d.v.p.) 3da.; (2) 6 Sept. 1692, Frances, da. of George Cooke of Goring, 2s. d.v.p. 3da. suc. fa. 1668.1

Offices Held

J.p. Suss. 1685-Apr. 1688, Nov. 1688-d., commr. for assessment 1689-90, capt. of militia horse by 1697-d.2


Monke came from a minor gentry family established in Sussex by the middle of the 16th century, although the pedigree has not been fully worked out. Nothing is known of their attitude to the Civil War. His first marriage gave him an interest at Shoreham, though he does not seem to have exercised it in 1685. To the lord lieutenant’s questions in 1688 he replied: ‘At present, he is against the taking off the Penal Laws and Tests. ... He shall be for choosing Members of Parliament of the Church of England.’ He was returned to the Convention for Shoreham but left no trace on its records, although he was probably a Tory. He died 13 Nov. 1701, and was buried at Kingston Bowsey, the only member of his family to sit in Parliament.

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: B. M. Crook


  • 1. J. Comber, Suss. Genealogies Lewes, 188; T. Martin, Hist. Thetford, 73.
  • 2. Eg. 1626, f. 41.