Male, Deceased Person
1597 – 1648
Who was Squire Bence?
Bence was the son of Alexander Bence and his wife Marie Squier daughter of Thomas Squier. He was a merchant and shipowner who undertook trading expeditions by sea. Bence Island in the estury of the Sierra Leone River was named after him. In the 1620s he is recorded as raiding an Algerian ship and removing Christian slaves and prisoners from it.
In April 1640, Bence was elected Member of Parliament for Aldeburgh in the Short Parliament. He was re-elected in 1642 as MP for Aldeburgh when he joined his brother Alexander Bence in the Long Parliament. He sat until his death in 1648. In 1642 he was appointed by parliament as one of the Commissioners for the Affairs of Navy, the King having prevented all his principal officers of the navy from performing their duties.
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- May 15, 1597
- Nov 27, 1648
on July 23, 2013
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