A catalogue of notable Middle Templars, with brief biographical notices/Bagshaw, Edward

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Lawyer and Author.


Admitted 25 November, 1608.

Second son of Edward Bagshawe, of the City of London. He was born of a respectable Derbyshire family in London about 1584. He was called to the Bar 27 Jan. 1615. Being "a knowing man in his profession" (as he is styled by Wood), he became a Bencher, and in 1639 was elected Lent Reader of the Inn. In his readings he attacked Episcopacy, and was consequently stopped by Lord Keeper Finch. This, however, only tended to make him popular with the Republican party, and in the following year he was returned for Southwark in their interest. Nevertheless he subsequently joined the King's party, and suffered imprisonment for his loyalty. He was released in 1646, and at the time of the King's return in 1660 was Treasurer of the Inn. He died two years afterwards. His published works, which all relate to the political and religious controversies of the time, are as follows: The Life and Death of Mr. Robert Bolton [his tutor at Oxford] (1633); Several Speeches in Parliament (1640—1642); Two Arguments in Parliament [respecting the Canons and Præmunire] (1641); Treatise defending the Revenues of the Church in Tithes and Glebe (1646); Short Censure of Will. Prynne's Book, entitled The University of Oxford's Plea refuted [2 sheets] (1648); Just Vindication of the Questioned Part of his Reading had in the Middle Temple Hall, 24 Feb. 1639 (1660); True Narrative of the Cause of Silencing him by the Archbishop of Canterbury [in Rushworth's Collections, vol. 3, p. 990]; The Rights of the Crown of England as it is established by Law (1660). He has left also in MS. A Short Defence of the Reformation of the Church of England [dated London, 1654].