Herbert Morley

For the former footballer of the same name, see Bert Morley.

Herbert Morley (2 April 1616 29 September 1667) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1640 and 1667. He fought for the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War. Later he was appointed Lieutenant of the Tower of London.

Morley was the son of Robert Morley of Glynde Place, Sussex and his wife Susanna Hodgson, daughter and heiress of Thomas Hodgson, of Framfield.[1] He was at school at Lewes and was admitted at Emmanuel College, Cambridge on 9 May 1632. He was admitted at the Inner Temple in November 1634.[2]

He served as a Justice of the Peace for Sussex from 1641 to 1660.[3]

Morley was elected Member of Parliament for Lewes just before the dissolution of the Short Parliament.[1] In November 1640, he was re- elected MP for Lewes in the Long Parliament.[3] In the civil war he became a colonel in the Parliamentary Army and was chief agent for raising troops, and sequestrating estates, in Sussex. He was nominated one of the King's judges, but refused to act. He was a member of the Council of State between 1650 and 1653.[2] In 1654 he was returned as MP for Sussex and for Rye in the First Protectorate Parliament. In 1656 he was elected as MP for Sussex in the Second Protectorate Parliament. In 1659 he was elected MP for Sussex and for Lewes in the Third Protectorate Parliament.[3] He was member of the Council of State and an Admiralty Commissioner in 1659

In 1660, Morley was a member of the Council of State and was elected MP for Rye in the Convention Parliament.[3] He refused to negotiate the King's return and purchased a pardon in 1660.[2] He was re-elected MP for Rye in 1661 for the Cavalier Parliament and sat until his death in 1667.[3]

Morley died at the age of 51


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Anthony Stapley
Jacob Rivers
Member of Parliament for Lewes
With: Henry Shelley
Succeeded by
Not represented in Barebones Parliament
Preceded by
Not represented in Barebones parliament
Member of Parliament for Rye
Succeeded by
William Hay
Preceded by
Anthony Stapley
William Spence
Nathaniel Studeley
Member of Parliament for Sussex
With: John Fagg 1654-1659
Sir Thomas Pelham, 2nd Baronet 1654 -1656
John Stapley 1654-1656
William Hay 1654
John Pelham 1654
Francis Lord Dacres 1654
Herbert Springet 1654
Anthony Stapley 1654
Anthony Shirley 1656
George Courthope 1656
Sir Thomas Rivers, 2nd Baronet 1656
Sir Thomas Parker 1656
Samuel Gott 1656
Succeeded by
Not represented in Restored Rump
Preceded by
Anthony Stapley
Member of Parliament for Lewes
With: Richard Boughton 1659
Succeeded by
Nizel Rivers
Sir John Stapley
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