Sir Henry Northcote, 5th Baronet

Sir Henry Northcote, 5th Baronet (1710 28 May 1743), of Hayne in the parish of Newton St Cyres near Crediton in Devon, later of Pynes[1] in the parish of Upton Pynes, Devon, was a Member of Parliament for Exeter from 1735 until his death in 1743.


Henry Northcote, 5th Baronet
Arms of Northcote: Argent, three cross crosslets in bend sable
Member of the Great Britain Parliament
for Exeter
In office
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Personal details
Died(1743-05-28)28 May 1743
FatherSir Henry Northcote, 4th Baronet


He was the only son and heir of Sir Henry Northcote, 4th Baronet (1655–1730) of Hayne and of Corfe in the parish of Tawstock in North Devon, by his wife Penelope Lovett, a daughter and co-heiress of Edward Lovett (1627–1702) of Corfe in the parish of Tawstock in North Devon, and of Liscombe in Buckinghamshire, long the seat of the Lovett family. Edward Lovett's wife was Joane Hearle (1642–1709), daughter & heiress of James Hearle of Corfe, Tawstock.

Early origins

The family of Northcote (originally de Northcote) originated at the Domesday Book manor of Northcote in the parish of East Down in North Devon. The Heraldic Visitations of Devon lists the founder of the family as Galfridus de Northcote, Miles ("knight"), living in 1103.[2] In the 16th century the family made its fortune as cloth merchants at Crediton.[3]

Marriage and children

In 1732[4] Northcote married Bridget Maria Stafford, only daughter and sole heiress of the wealthy Hugh Stafford of Pynes.[5] After his marriage Northcote abandoned the family seat of Hayne, which sank to the status of a farmhouse, and moved to the Stafford seat of Pynes House, inherited by his wife, where his descendants remained until the 1990s.[6] Amongst the lands he inherited from his wife was the manor of Iddesleigh[7] in Devon, from which in 1885 the statesman Sir Stafford Northcote, 8th Baronet took his title. Bridget Maria Stafford survived her husband and in 1754 remarried to Richard Maddon of Westminster.[8] By his wife Northcote had children as follows:

  • Sir Stafford Northcote, 6th Baronet (1736–1770), eldest son and heir.
  • Henry Northcote (born 1738), second son, who married twice, firstly to Philipa Searle, daughter of Edward Searle of Plympton, secondly to a member of the Tooke family.[9]
  • Rev. Hugh Northcote (1740–1787), third son, Rector of Upton Pyne, who married Elizabeth Bradford, daughter of Rev. George Bradford.
  • Charles Northcote (1743–1745), fourth son, died an infant.


  1. Vivian, p.582
  2. Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.581
  3. Hoskins, W.G., A New Survey of England: Devon, London, 1959, p.389
  4. Lauder, p.111
  5. Vivian, p.582
  6. Lauder, p.111
  7. Lauder, p.112
  8. Vivian, p.582
  9. Vivian, p.582


  • Lauder, Rosemary, Devon Families, Tiverton, 2002, pp. 111–114, Northcote of Iddesleigh
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John King and
Thomas Balle
Member of Parliament for Exeter
(with Thomas Balle, to 1741;
Humphrey Sydenham, from 1741)
Succeeded by
Humphrey Sydenham and
Sir Richard Bampfylde
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Henry Northcote
(of Hayne)
Succeeded by
Stafford Northcote
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