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688ODNB Turnor, Sir Edward (1616/17-1676), speaker of the House of Commons

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  • Michael Robinson
    Mar 4, 2009
      Another Pepys' contemporary 'life of the day'

      Turnor, Sir Edward (1616/17–1676), judge and speaker of the House of Commons, was the second son of Arthur Turnor (d. 1651), treasurer of the Middle Temple and serjeant-at-law, and Anne, daughter of John Jermy of Gunton, in Norfolk. He was educated at Abingdon grammar school under Dr Thomas Godwin before enrolling at Queen's College, Oxford. He matriculated from there, aged fifteen, on 9 November 1632, but does not appear to have graduated. Following an established family tradition he began his legal studies at the Middle Temple in 1633, and was called to the bar on 19 June 1640. In contrast to his elder brother, John, who was killed during the first civil war, Edward attempted to preserve his own neutrality throughout the conflict. ...

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