Henry Berkeley (MP for Ilchester)

Sir Henry Berkeley (1579–1667) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1626 and 1640. He supported the Royalist side in the English Civil War

Berkeley was the son of Sir Henry Berkeley of Bruton and his wife Margaret Lygon, daughter of William Lygon of Madresfield, Worcestershire. He matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford aged 11 on 13 February 1590 together with his brother Maurice.[1] In 1601 he inherited the manor of Yarlington on the death of his father.[2] He was knighted at Whitehall on 29 April 1609.[3]

In 1626 Berkeley was elected Member of Parliament for Somerset. In 1628 he was elected MP for Ilchester and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years. In April 1640, Berkeley was elected MP for Ilchester in the Short Parliament.[4] Berkeley was a Commissioner of Array for the King during the Civil War, and was included in the surrender of Exeter on 13 April 1646.[2]

Berkeley died between 1666 and 1667.[2]

Berkeley married Elizabeth Nevill, daughter of Sir Henry Nevill of Billingbear House, Berkshire and his wife Ann Killigrew, daughter of Sir Henry Killigrew.[2] His daughter Dorothy married Francis Godolphin and brought him the Yarlington estate.[5]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Robert Phelips
John Stawell
Member of Parliament for Somerset
With: Sir John Horner
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Phelips
Sir Edward Rodney
Preceded by
Sir William Beecher
Robert Caesar
Member of Parliament for Ilchester
With: Sir Robert Gorges
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Ilchester
With: Edward Phelips
Succeeded by
Edward Phelips
Robert Hunt
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