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Airey Neave was the last but one MP for the Berkshire county constituency of Abingdon which was abolished in 1983.


Thomas Medlycott was recorder of Abingdon, 1675-86 and 1687-9. He had been born in London in 1628, son of James Medlicott or Medlicote who was described as a dyer. His mother, born Elizabeth Joyner, was from Newbury.  He was educated at Merchant Taylors School, Christ’s College Cambridge, and the Middle Temple, and was called to the bar in 1653. Little is known of his career before 1675, when he was made a JP for Middlesex.

Simon Harcourt was of a gentry family whose seat was at Stanton Harcourt. He was educated at a dissenting academy at Shilton, near Burford. He went on to Pembroke College at Oxford, which was closely connected with Abingdon.

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