Finch was a barrister, son of one Speaker of the House of Commons and nephew of another, Sir John Finch. He avoided public life during the Commonwealth but after the Restoration his rise was rapid. He was returned as MP for Canterbury in 1660, transferring to Oxford University in 1661. As solicitor‐general in 1660 he prosecuted the regicides, was promoted attorney‐general in 1670, granted a barony in 1674, and from 1675 to his death was lord chancellor.
Subjects: British History.