Christopher Hatton, 1st Baron Hatton

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Christopher Hatton, 1st Baron Hatton PC FRS (c. July 1605 – 4 July 1670) was a distant relation of the Elizabethan politician, Sir Christopher Hatton and a prominent Royalist during the reign of King Charles I of England.


He was the son of Sir Christopher Hatton of Barking, Essex and Alice Fanshawe, daughter of Thomas Fanshawe; and was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge. He trained for the law at Gray's Inn. He was a noted antiquarian and compiled, together with William Dugdale and others, the Book of Seals, a volume of 529 medieval charters, of which 240 are reproduced in facsimiles drawn by a highly talented draftsman. Sir Christopher Hatton's Book of Seals has been edited by Lewis C. Loyd and Doris Mary Stenton (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1950).

Hatton entered Parliament as MP for Peterborough in 1625, though legally too young to sit, and Clitheroe in that of 1626. On reaching the age of 21 in 1626, he was created a Knight of the Bath, as had been his father before him. He was elected a member of the Long Parliament in 1640 for both Higham Ferrers and Castle Rising, choosing to sit for the former where he was High Steward;[1] he was one of the few candidates supported by Queen Henrietta Maria to secure election.

During the Civil War, Hatton was a partisan of Charles I. In 1643 he was created Baron Hatton of Kirby; and, acting as comptroller of the royal household, he represented the king during the negotiations at Uxbridge in 1645. Later he lived for some years in France, and after the Restoration was made a privy counsellor and governor of Guernsey.[1]

In 1663 he became a founding Fellow of the Royal Society.[2]

He died at Kirby, Northamptonshire on 4 July 1670, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.[1]


He married at Hackney, Middlesex, on 8 May 1630, Elizabeth (died 1672), eldest daughter and coheiress of Sir Charles Montagu, of Boughton, Northamptonshire.[3] She died when lightning struck a powder magazine at Cornet Castle, Guernsey. They had two sons—Christopher and Charles, who married Elizabeth, daughter of William Scroggs as her second husband [4]—and three daughters.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Goodwin 1891.
  2. "Library and archive catalogue". The Royal Society. Retrieved 14 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Dictionary of National Biography, Hatton, Christopher, first Baron Hatton (1605?–1670), by Gordon Goodwin. Published 1891.
  4. Barker 1897.
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGoodwin, Gordon (1891). [ "Hatton, Christopher (1605?-1670)" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). In Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney (eds.). Dictionary of National Biography. 25. London: Smith, Elder & Co.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  •  Barker, George Fisher Russell (1897). [ "Scroggs, William" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 51. London: Smith, Elder & Co.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • D. Brunton & D. H. Pennington, Members of the Long Parliament (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954)
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Francis Fane
Lawrence Whitacre
Member for Peterborough
With: Lawrence Whitacre
Succeeded by
Mildmay Fane, Lord Burghersh
Lawrence Whitacre
Preceded by
Member for Clitheroe
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member for Higham Ferrers
Succeeded by
Edward Harby
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Spencer
Custos Rotulorum of Northamptonshire
Succeeded by
Peerage of England
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Hatton
Succeeded by
Christopher Hatton