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Miles Corbett
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Member of the [[Short Parliament, Long Parliament, Oxford Parliament (1644), Rump Parliament, Barebone's Parliament, First Protectorate Parliament, Second Protectorate Parliament, Third Protectorate Parliament Parliament]]
for Yarmouth
In office
17 March 1628 – 16 March 1660
Preceded by Sir John Corbet, 1st Baronet
Personal details
Born c1594
Sprowston, Norfolk
Died 19 April 1662
Tyburn gallows
Nationality English
Political party Parliamentarian
Occupation Member of Parliament
Profession Lawyer
Religion Puritan

Miles Corbet (1595 – 1662) was an English politician, recorder of Yarmouth and Regicide.


He was the son of Sir Thomas Corbet of Sprowston, Norfolk and the younger brother of Sir John Corbet, 1st Baronet, MP for Great Yarmouth from 1625 to 1629. He entered Lincoln's Inn and was appointed Recorder of Great Yarmouth.[1]

Miles succeeded his brother John as MP for Yarmouth, England, serving from 1640 to 1653,[2] and signed Charles I's death warrant. In 1644 he was made clerk of the Court of Wards. In 1655 he was appointed Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer.[1]

After the Restoration of Charles II of England in 1660, all the 59 men who had signed the death warrant for Charles I were in grave danger as they were considered regicides. Miles Corbet, like many of the 59, fled England. He went to the Netherlands where he thought he would be safe. However, with two other regicides (John Okey and John Barkstead) he was arrested by the English ambassador to the Netherlands, Sir George Downing and returned to England under guard. After a trial, he was found, guilty, and then executed on 19 April 1662. In his dying speech he said:

When I was first called to serve in parliament I had an estate; I spent it in the service of the parliament. I never bought any king's or bishop's lands; I thought I had enough, at least I was content with it; that I might serve God and my country was that I aimed at.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Firth 1887.
  2. ^ David Plant (2005-08-02). "Biography of Miles Corbet". British-civil-wars.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-16. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainFirth, Charles Harding (1887). "Corbet, Miles". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography 12. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 202–203. 

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