Henry Campion

Henry Campion (c. 1680 – 17 April 1761), of Combwell, Goudhurst, Kent, was a British Tory politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1708 to 1715. He later became an active Jacobite.

Early life

Campion was the son of William Campion of Combwell, Kent, and his wife Frances Glynne, daughter of Sir John Glynne of Henley Park, Surrey.[1] He was educated at Enfield Grammar School and was admitted at Trinity College, Cambridge on 2 December 1697.[2] He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in January 1698.[3] On 8 June 1702, he married Barbara Courthope, the daughter and heiress of Peter Courthope of Danny Park, Sussex.[1]


Although his father was a Whig lawyer, Campion was returned as Tory Member of Parliament for East Grinstead at the 1708 British general election. He told for the Tories several times and voted against the impeachment of Dr Sacheverell in 1710. He did not stand at the 1710 British general election, but was returned as MP for Bossiney at a by-election on 22 December 1710. He was chosen a commissioner of accounts on 9 April 1711 and was classed as one of the ‘worthy patriots’ who had detected the mismanagements of the previous administration. At the 1713 British general election he was returned as MP for Sussex in a contest and also for Helston. He chose to sit for Sussex and was highly active within the House of Commons..[1]

After 1715 Campion became an active Jacobite and served in the Jacobite rebellion as a messenger and organizer. As a result he had to spend the next few years abroad, before returning to England in 1720. In 1725 he came into possession of Danny Park where he lived until his death.

Death and legacy

Campion died on 17 April 1761 and was buried at Hurstpierpoint. He left a son, William and a daughter, Katherine, who had married a George Courthope. [4]


  1. "CAMPION, Henry (c.1680-1761), of Combwell, Goudhurst, Kent". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  2. "Campion, Henry (CMN697H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. Admissions Register VOL 1 1420-1799. The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn. 1896.
  4. "Danny House" (PDF). Retrieved 31 August 2018.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Toke
John Conyers
Member of Parliament for East Grinstead
With: Viscount Lumley
Succeeded by
John Conyers
Leonard Gale
Preceded by
Francis Robartes
John Manley
Member of Parliament for Bossiney
With: John Manley
Succeeded by
John Manley
Sir William Pole, Bt
Preceded by
Charles Eversfield
Sir George Parker, Bt
Member of Parliament for Sussex
With: John Fuller
Succeeded by
James Butler
Hon. Spencer Compton
Preceded by
Sidney Godolphin
Robert Child
Member of Parliament for Helston
With: Charles Coxe
Succeeded by
Thomas Tonkin
Alexander Pendarves
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