Long, Lislebone (DNB00)

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LONG, Sir LISLEBONE (1613–1659), speaker of the House of Commons, the eldest son of William Long of Stratton, Somerset, by Mary, daughter of Thomas Lovibond of Shorwell, Isle of Wight, was baptised at Beckington, Somerset, in 1613, as 'Loveban,' which must have been a form of his mother's name. He was descended from Henry Long of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, who died in 1635. Matriculating at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, 4 Dec. 1629, he graduated B.A. 1 Feb. 1630-1631, and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1640. He attained distinction as a lawyer, and in 1656 became recorder of London, a master of requests, and treasurer of Lincoln's Inn. On 15 Dec. 1655 he was knighted by Cromwell. Long sat as parliamentarian in the House of Commons for Wells, 1645-53 and 1654-5; for Somerset, 1656-8, and for Wells from January 1659 till his death. On 9 March 1658-9, Chute being ill, Long was appointed to act as speaker till his recovery, but on 16 March his own death was reported to the house. He is described by Whitelocke as 'a very sober, discreet gentleman, and a good lawyer.' By his wife Frances, daughter of John Mynne of Epsom, he left, with other children, a son George (1644-1705), who matriculated at Wadham College, Oxford, in 1662, became a student of Lincoln's Inn the same year, and died in 1705.

[Burton's Diary of the Long Parliament, ed. Rutt, iv. 92, 149, 160; Metcalfe's Knights, p. 203; Manning's Speakers of the House of Commons; Foster's Alumni Oxon. 1500-1714; Misc. Gen. et Her. new ser. iii. 70; Returns of Members of Parliament.]

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