Cyril Wyche

Sir Cyril Wyche PRS (c.1632 – 28 December 1707) was an English lawyer and politician.

He was born in Constantinople, Turkey, where his father, Sir Peter Wyche, was the English Ambassador. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford with Bachelor of Arts in 1653. He received his Master of Arts (MA) in 1655 and his Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) in 1665. Between the time he received his MA and his DCL, he was knighted (1660). This is so close in time to the English Restoration that he was almost certainly a Cavalier, and may have served in the military for the Royalist cause.

He was an original member of the Royal Society and served as President from 1683–1684.[1]

He joined the bar in 1670 and became Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1692. He was a Member of Parliament for several constituences at different times, (MP for Callington (1661–1678), for East Grinstead (1681–1685), for Saltash (1685–1687), and for Preston (1702–1705)[2]

He married three times; firstly in 1663, Elizabeth, the daughter of Sir Thomas Jermyn of Rushbrooke, Suffolk, with whom he had 2 sons (1 of whom predeceased him) and 2 daughters, secondly in 1684 Susanna, the daughter of Sir Francis Norreys of Weston on the Green, Oxfordshire and the widow of Sir Herbert Perrott of Wellington. Herefordshire and thirdly in 1692 Mary, the daughter of George Evelyn of Wotton, Surrey. Mary was the niece of John Evelyn, the diarist.[2]

Around 1690 he purchased Hockwold Hall (then called The Poynings) at Hockwold cum Wilton, Norfolk. He died there and a monument to him can be found in St Peter's Church, Hockwold.


  1. "Fellows Details". Royal Society. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  2. "WYCHE, Sir Cyril (c.1632-1707), of Gray's Inn, Westminster and Flanchford, Surr". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  • Sir Cyril Wyche and the Popish Plot, 1678-80, Hugh Fenning, O.P., in Seanchas Ard Macha volume 19/2, pp. 53–62, 2002
  • Herbert Rix, "Wyche, Cyril", Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 63
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Pollard
Sir John Coryton
Member of Parliament for Callington
1661 – 1678
With: Allen Brodrick 1661
Sir Henry Bennet 1661–1665
Samuel Rolle 1665–1678
Succeeded by
Samuel Rolle
Sir John Coryton
Preceded by
Goodwin Wharton
William Jephson
Member of Parliament for East Grinstead
1681 – 1685
With: Henry Powle
Succeeded by
Simon Smith
Thomas Jones
Preceded by
Sir John Davie
Bernard Granville
Member of Parliament for Saltash
1685 – 1689
With: Edmund Waller
Succeeded by
John Waddon
Bernard Granville
Preceded by
Henry Ashhurst
Thomas Molyneux
Member of Parliament for Preston
1702 – 1705
With: Charles Zedenno Stanley
Succeeded by
Francis Annesley
Edward Rigby
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Sir John Meade, 1st Baronet
Joseph Coghlan
Member of Parliament for Dublin University
Served alongside: William Molyneux
Succeeded by
Richard Aldworth
William Molyneux
Political offices
Preceded by
William Harbord
Chief Secretary for Ireland
1676 – 1682
Succeeded by
Sir William Ellis
Preceded by
John Davis
Chief Secretary for Ireland
1692 – 1693
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Aldworth
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