Colonel Francis Lascelles, M.P.

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Colonel Francis Lascelles, M.P., son of William Lascelles and Elizabeth Wadeson, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Sigston, Yorkshire, England, 5 August 1612.1,2 He died before 28 November 1667,1 when he was buried at Kirby-Sigston, Yorkshire, England.1,2,3

Francis married Frances Saint Quintin, daughter of Sir William Saint Quintin, Knt., Bnt. and Mary Lacy, at Folkton, Yorkshire, England, 29 January 1626/27.4,5,1,6,2,7,8

The four children given here without dates were probably born during the interregnum but note the duplicated names (Catherine, Dorothy, and Elizabeth). Baptisms for two children were found in London. These are as given in both Brydges and Foster (who may have simply copied Brydges), but they did not have dates for Anna and Margaret.9,7

Eldest son and heir to his grandfather, he was two weeks old at the visitation of 1612.

He was justice of the peace, colonel of the army of the parliament, and elected member of parliament for the North Riding of Yorkshire in 1645, 1653, 1654, 1656, & 1660.

He was one of the judges or regicides of King Charles I, but as he did not sign the death warrant, he escaped the fate that befell most of his fellows at the restoration.

The Cromwell Army Officer's database reports this:
Of Stank Hall, Winton township, Sigston parish and of Northallerton, both in Yorkshire (North Riding), son of William Lascelles and his wife Anne Daniel. A JP from 1640. He married the godly Frances, daughter of Sir William St Quintin of Harpham, baronet.

Lascelles was captain of foot in the Hull garrison by Nov. 1642, and the following month he was at the Fairfaxes’ base at Seby. He then fought at Guisborough and Yarm, suggesting that he was then in Francis Boynton’s regiment of foot. However, he soon moved to John Gifford’s regiment of foot, going on to become its lieutenant-colonel and (in June 1644) its Colonel. He was also captain of a troop of horse, 1644-5.

In winter 1643-4 Lascelles fought with Sir John Meldrum in the Isle of Axholme, Lincolnshire, and was captured but soon released. He was at the siege of York, the battle of Marston Moor and the siege of Helmsley Castle (which surrendered in Nov. 1644). In 1645 he was at the sieges of Bolton Castle, Pontefract and Scarborough. Lascelles was a member of every North Riding committee from 24 Feb. 1643; in June 1645 he was added to the Northern Association committee for the North Riding; shortly after he was elected Recruiter MP for Thirsk. He fled to the army in 1647 and resumed his military career, taking part in the second siege of Pontefract. He was appointed a judge for the king’s trial in 1649, but refused to sign the death warrant. He was MP for the North Riding in the Nominated Asssembly and the first and second Protectorate Parliaments. In 1660 he was elected to the Convention Parliament as MP for Northallerton, but was discharged and declared incapable of holding public office and in 1662 was suspected of conspiring against the crown.

References: Jones, ‘War in the North’, 388-9; Hopper, ‘Yorkshire parliamentarians’, 95; HoP: The Commons, 1660-1690, 2.711; HoP: The Commons, 1640-1660 (forthcoming).

Armies: Yorkshire; Northern Army (Fairfax); Northern Army (Lambert).7,1,10


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Family

Frances Saint Quintin d. bef. 20 Sep 1658
Children
  • Dorothy Lascelles7
  • Elizabeth Lascelles7
  • Dorothy Lascelles7
  • Catherine Lascelles7
  • William Lascelles7 b. 5 Sep 1634
  • Mary Lascelles7 b. 7 Feb 1635
  • Henry Lascelles7 b. 3 May 1637
  • Francis Lascelles7 b. 19 Mar 1638/39
  • Catherine Lascelles7 b. 7 Jun 1640
  • Elizabeth Lascelles7 b. 9 Nov 1641
  • Anna Lascelles7 b. 26 Jan 1647
  • Margaret Lascelles7 b. 23 Jan 1648, d. bef. 4 Apr 1667
  • Helen Lascelles7 b. 10 Jul 1650
  • Lucy Lascelles7 b. 9 Oct 1651
  • Lacy Lascelles7 b. 9 Oct 1653
  • Daniel Lascelles, M.P.+2,1,7 b. 6 Nov 1655, d. 5 Sep 1734
This person was last edited on21 Oct 2021

Citations

  1. [S934] Richard K. Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales: For Twelve Generations (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007), 183, further cited as Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales.
  2. [S950] Joseph Foster, Pedigrees of the County Families of Yorkshire, Two vols. (London: W. Wilfred Head, 1874), 1:2:Lascelles, further cited as Foster, Pedigrees of Yorkshire.
  3. [S2434] County Record Office, Northallerton, Parish Registers for Kirby-Sigston, 1574-1839, FHL microfilm 550535, further cited as Kirby-Sigston Registers.
  4. [S2435] Borthwick Institute, York, Bishop's Transcripts for Folkton, 1600-1884, FHL microfilm 919168 #2, further cited as Folkton Transcripts.
  5. [S2068] John William Clay, editor, Abstracts of Yorkshire Wills in the Time of the Commonwealth, at Somerset House, London, Chiefly Illustrative of Sir William Dugdale's visitation of Yorkshire in 1665-6, Record Series Vol IX for the year 1890 (Yorkshire Archæological and Topographical Association, 1890), 40, further cited as Clay, Abstracts of Yorkshire Wills in the Time of the Commonwealth.
  6. [S2051] J. W. Clay, editor, Dugdale's Visitation of Yorkshire, with additions, 3 vols. (Exeter, England: William Pollard & Co., 1899-1917), 3:190, further cited as Clay, Dugdale's Visitation of Yorkshire.
  7. [S937] Sir Egerton Brydges, Collins's Peerage of England; Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical: Greatly Augmented, and Continued to the Present Time, 9 vols. (London: [T. Bensley], 1812), 8:510, further cited as Brydges, Collins's Peerage.
  8. [S2121] "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch, "England, Yorkshire, Bishop's Transcripts, 1547-1957", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:68ZC-LZ3R : 16 August 2021), Frances St Quintin, 1626., further cited as "England Births and Christenings."
  9. [S950] Foster, Pedigrees of Yorkshire, Lascelles.
  10. [S2396] Stephen K. Roberts, editor, The Cromwell Association Online Directory of Parliamentarian Army Officers: British History Online, 2017), online database:, http://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/cromwell-army-officers , Surnames beginning 'L', accessed Aug 2021, further cited as Roberts, Parliamentarian Army Officers.