Francis Barrington

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Sir Francis Barrington, 1st Baronet (ca. 1570 – 3 July 1628)[1] was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1601 and 1628.


Barrington was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Barrington of Barrington Hall, Hatfield Broadoak, Essex (died 1586) and as her second husband Winifred Pole (b. aft. 1521 or in 1525), youngest daughter of the 1st Baron Montagu.[2] He was educated at Cambridge University.[3]

In 1601, Barrington was elected Member of Parliament for Essex.[4] He was knighted on 7 May 1603 on the accession of King James I of England at Theobalds House, Hertfordshire,[5] In 1604 he was re-elected MP for Essex . He was called to the bar by Gray's Inn on 19 March 1605 or 1606.[6] On 29 June 1611, he was made a baronet, of Barrington Hall, in Hatfield Broadoak, County Essex, in the newly erected Baronetage of England.[5]

In 1621 Barrington was elected MP for Essex again. He was re-elected in 1624, 1625, 1626 and 1628 and sat until his death in 1628.

Marriage and issue

Barrington married Joan Cromwell, who died around 1641 with will probated on 14 December 1641, daughter of Sir Henry Cromwell and was therefore uncle by marriage to the future Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell.[7] They had nine children, four sons and five daughters.[2] Barrington was succeeded in the baronetcy by his oldest son Thomas.[2][8]


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  8. Noble, pp. 46,47


  • Mark Noble (1784). Memoirs of the Protectorate-house of Cromwell: Deduced from an Early Period, and Continued Down to the Present Time,..., Volume 2, Printed Pearson and Rollason.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
William Petre
John Wentworth
Member of Parliament for Essex
With: Henry Maynard 1601
Sir Edward Denny 1604-1611
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Rich
Sir Richard Weston
Preceded by
Sir Robert Rich
Sir Richard Weston
Member of Parliament for Essex
With: Sir John Deane 1621-1622
Sir Thomas Cheek 1624
Sir Arthur Harris 1625
Sir Harbottle Grimston 1626-1628
Succeeded by
Sir Harbottle Grimston
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of Barrington Hall)
Succeeded by
Thomas Barrington