Sir John Chichester, 1st Baronet

Sir John Chichester, 1st Baronet (23 April 1623 1667) lord of the manor of Raleigh in the parish of Pilton in Devon, was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661 to 1667.


He was the son and heir of Sir Robert Chichester (d.1627), K.B., of Raleigh, Devon by his second wife Mary Hill, a daughter of Robert Hill (d.1637)[1] of Shilston in the parish of Modbury in Devon.


He succeeded to Raleigh on the death of his father on 24 April 1627. He was created a baronet on 4 August 1641.[2] In 1661 Chichester was elected a Member of Parliament for Barnstaple (adjacent to Raleigh) in the Cavalier Parliament and sat until his death in 1667 at the age of about 44.[3]

Marriages & progeny

Chichester married twice:

  • Firstly to Elizabeth Rayney (d.1654), a daughter of Sir John Rayney, 1st Baronet (1601–1661) of Wrotham in Kent, by his first wife Catharine Style, a daughter of Thomas Style. By his first wife he had progeny including:[4]
    • Sir John Chichester, 2nd Baronet (c. 1658-16 September 1680)
    • Sir Arthur Chichester, 3rd Baronet (c. 1662-3 February 1718), (Since his first wife died in 1654 this has to be an error)
    • Henry
  • Secondly to Mary Colly, a daughter of Theodore Colly and widow of George Warcup, a merchant of the City of London.[5] She is recorded as a widow, in the parish of St. Anne's, Blackfriars, on 18 July 1655.


  1. Vivian, p.486, pedigree of Hill of Shilston
  2. George Edward Cokayne Complete Baronetage, Volume 2
  3. History of Parliament Online - Chichester, Sir John, 1st Bt.
  4. Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.174, pedigree of Chichester
  5. History of Parliament biography
Parliament of England
Preceded by
John Rolle
Nicholas Dennys
Member of Parliament for Barnstaple
With: Nicholas Dennys
Succeeded by
Nicholas Dennys
Sir John Northcote
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