Anthony Hungerford of Black Bourton

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Anthony Hungerford
  • Lucy Hungerford
  • Sarah Crouch
Family Hungerford
Father Anthony Hungerford of Down Ampney
Mother Bridget Shelley
Born 1567
Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, England
Died 1627
Buried Black Bourton Church, Black Bourton, Oxfordshire

Sir Anthony Hungerford of Black Bourton (1567–1627), was a religious controversialist. He was knighted in 1608, and was deputy lieutenant of Wiltshire until 1624, when he resigned the office in favour of his eldest son Sir Edward.


Hungerford was born in 1567 Great Bedwyn in Wiltshire,[1] the son of Anthony Hungerford (died 1589) of Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, a descendant of Sir Edmund Hungerford second son of Walter, Lord Hungerford of Farleigh and Heytesbury. His mother was Bridget, daughter of John Shelley, and granddaughter of Sir William Shelley, justice of the common pleas.[2] His father was a Puritan, but his mother was a devout Roman Catholic, the religion in which Hungerford was raised.[1]

Hungerford matriculated from St. John's College, Oxford, aged 16, on 12 April 1583 without taking a degree.[3][1][lower-alpha 1] Howveer he was created M.A. on 9 July 1594.[4][1]

After being uncertain regarding his religious beliefs and Catholic upbringing, Hungerford embraced the Reformed religion in 1588, at the time of the Spanish Armada. He was knighted on 15 February 1608,[5] and was deputy lieutenant of Wiltshire until 1624, when he resigned the office in favour of his son, Edward.[6] He was returned as a Member of Parliament for the constituency of Marlborough, Wiltshire, for Queen Elizabeth I's 8th parliament in 1593, and sat for Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, in the next three consecutive parliaments, in 1597, 1601, and the 1st parliament of King James I in 1604.[1] He settled at Black Bourton, Oxfordshire where he died at the end of June 1627, and was buried in Black Bourton Church.[6]


After Hungerford's death, his son, Edward, found among his papers and published "The advice of a son professing the religion established in the present church of England to his dear mother, a Roman catholic", and "the memorial of a father to his dear children, containing an acknowledgement of God'? great mercy in bringing him to the profession of the true religion at this present established in the church of England", Oxford, 1639, 4to. The latter was finished at Black Bourton in April 1627.[6][7]


Hungerford married Lucy, daughter of Sir Walter Hungerford (Knight of Farley).[8] Together, they had children:[lower-alpha 2]

After Lucy's death, Hungerford married Sarah, daughter of John Crouch of London. Together, they had four children:[1] Anthony, a cavalier; John; and two daughters.[8]


  1. It is not clear if he went down from Oxford because of family financial difficulties, or because of his admittance to the Roman Catholic church.[1]
  2. The sources vary over the number of children Henry Lancaster states in the ODNB (published in 2009) "The couple had one son, Edward Hungerford (1596–1648) and two daughters before Lucy died on 4 June 1598", but in The history of Parliament (published 2010) he states "Bridget, Hungerford’s only daughter from his first marriage, married Alexander Chocke".
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Lancaster 2009.
  2. Hardy 1891, p. 253 cite:Le Neve, Pedigrees of Knights, p. 33.
  3. Hardy 1891, p. 253 cites: Oxford Univ. Reg., Oxford Hist. Soc.,n. ii. 126.
  4. Hardy 1891, p. 253 cites: Oxford Univ. Reg., II. i. 235.
  5. Hardy 1891, p. 253 cites: Metcalfe, p. 159.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Hardy 1891, p. 253.
  7. Roberts 1901, pp. 292-307.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Hardy 1891, pp. 253–254.
  9. Lancaster 2010.
  10. Lancaster 2010a.



  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHardy, William John (1891). [ "Hungerford, Anthony (1564-1627)" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 28. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 253, 254.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Endnotes
    • Wood's Athenae Oxon. ed. Bliss, ii. 410-11
    • Brit. Mus. Cat.
    • Hoare's Hungerfordiana, 1823
    • Le Neve's Pedigrees of Knights (Harl. Soc.),pp. 33–4.