Henry Poley

Henry Poley (5 January 1654 – 7 August 1707) was an English lawyer and Member of Parliament. He was the son of Sir Edmund Poley (1619–1671) who was MP for Bury St Edmunds, and brother of Edmund Poley the diplomat.[1]

Poley matriculated at Jesus College, Cambridge in 1672, and graduated B.A. in 1673, having been a fellow commoner since 1670. He was then a Fellow of the college to 1675. He entered Gray's Inn in 1669, and the Middle Temple in 1672, being called to the bar in 1678.[2]

He represented Eye between 1689 and 1695, West Looe between 1703 and 1705, and Ipswich from 1705 until his death in 1707.[3]


  1. Handley, Stuart. "Poley, Edmund". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/68401. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. "Poley, Henry (PLY670H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. historyofparliamentonline.org, Poley, Henry (1654-1707), of Badley, Suff. and Lincoln's Inn, London.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Charles Gawdy
Sir John Rous
Member of Parliament for Eye
With: Thomas Knyvett 1689-1690
Thomas Davenant 1690-1695
Succeeded by
Charles Cornwallis
Thomas Davenant
Preceded by
The Earl of Ranelagh
Richard Hele
Member of Parliament for West Looe
With: Charles Seymour
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Hedges
John Mountstephen
Preceded by
Charles Whitaker
John Bence
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: John Bence
Succeeded by
William Churchill
John Bence

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