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Wolstenholme was the son of Sir John Wolstenholme and his wife Catherine Fanshaw. He became a farmer of customs with his father and was knighted by King Charles I.
In April 1640, Wolstenholme was elected Member of Parliament for Queenborough in the Short Parliament. He supported the king in the Civil War, selling property and incurring debts to provide finance for the Royalist cause. As a result he was then fined by parliament. He and his father's partners in the customs farming business were required to pay £150,000 which led to the sale of his estates. His son Henry and brother in law Sir Thomas Dallison were both killed in the Civil War.
After the Restoration, he became a farmer of customs again and was given a patent for collecting taxes on outbound goods in the Port of London. He was created a baronet, of London, by King Charles II in 1664.
Wolstenholme married Ann Dallison of Laughton, Lincolnshire. His son Thomas succeeded to the baronetcy.
|Parliament of England|
Parliament suspended since 1629
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With: Sir Edward Hales, Bt
Sir Edward Hales, Bt
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