Person NameTurnor; Edward (1617-1676); Sir; judge
ActivitySir Edward Turnor (1617-1676), judge, was the son of Arthur Turnor (d 1651) of Parndon Parva, Essex, and Anne Gunton. Turnor was educated at Abingdon and Queen's College, Oxford, 1632. He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple, 1640, and elected treasurer, 1662. Turnor became MP for Essex, 1654, and was made king's counsel and attorney-general to the Duke of York, 1660. He was knighted in 1660, and in that year was involved in the prosecution of regicides. Turnor married Sarah Gore (d 1651), and they had a daughter and two sons. His second wife, whom he married before 1656, was Mary Ewer, the widow of William Ashton.

In 1661 he represented Hertford and became Speaker of the House of Commons, 1661-1672. Turnor became Solicitor-General in 1670 and in 1671 was made Serjeant-at-Law and Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer. Turnor was a Younger Brother of Trinity House, 1663, and Steward of the Royal Forest of Waltham. Turnor died whilst on circuit in 1676.
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