Sir William Twysden, 1st Baronet

Sir William Twysden, 1st Baronet (1566–1628) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1593 and 1628.


Twysden was the son of Roger Twysden, of Roydon Hall, East Peckham, and his wife Anne Wyatt, daughter of Sir Thomas Wyatt the younger of Allington Castle, Kent. He was admitted to Gray's Inn on 28 October 1584 and succeeded his father in the estate at East Peckham in November 1603. He was appointed a Gentleman Usher of the Privy Chamber to James I of England and knighted at Charterhouse on 11 May 1603.

In 1593, he was elected Member of Parliament for Clitheroe, in 1601 MP for Helston and in 1606 MP for Thetford. He was created a baronet on 29 June 1611. In 1614, he was re-elected MP for Thetford and finally served as MP for Winchelsea from 1628 until his death.

Twysden was a great collector of manuscripts and knew Hebrew, Greek, and other languages.[1]

He died in his 63rd year and was buried at East Peckham with a monumental inscription.[1] He had married Anne Finche, daughter of Sir Moyle Finch, 1st Baronet.[2] His son Roger succeeded him in the baronetcy.[1]


  1. George E. Cokayne Complete Baronetage, Vol. 1 (1900)
  2. Marie-Louise Coolahan, ‘Twysden , Anne, Lady Twysden (1574–1638)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 14 Jan 2017
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Robert Pilkington
John White
Member of Parliament for Clitheroe
With: John Chamberlain
Succeeded by
William Holte
George Rotheram
Preceded by
William Cooke
Nicholas Saunders
Member of Parliament for Helston
With: Hannibal Vyvyan
Succeeded by
Sir John Leigh
John Bogans
Preceded by
Bassingbourne Gawdy
Sir William Paddy
Member of Parliament for Thetford
With: Sir William Paddy 1606–1611
Framlingham Gawdy 1614
Succeeded by
Framlingham Gawdy
Sir Thomas Holland
Preceded by
Roger Twysden
Nicholas Saunders
Member of Parliament for Winchelsea
With: Ralph Freeman
No parliaments summoned until 1640
Title next held by
Nicholas Crisp
John Finch
Baronetage of England
New title Baronet
(of Roydon Hall)
Succeeded by
Roger Twysden

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