Henry Bull (MP)

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Henry Bull (1630 – 28 January 1692) was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1660 and 1692.

Bull was the eldest surviving son of William Bull, barrister of Shapwick, Somerset and his wife Jane Southworth, daughter of Henry Southworth, merchant of London and Wells. He was baptised on 8 October 1630. He was admitted at Inner Temple in 1651 and called to the bar in 1658. In April 1660, Bull was elected Member of Parliament for Wells in the Convention Parliament. He succeeded his father in 1676 and was appointed High Sheriff of Somerset for 1683–84.

He was elected MP for Milborne Port for the Second Exclusion Parliament in 1679 and again in 1681 and 1685. In 1689 he was elected MP for Bridgwater and was re-elected for the seat in 1690.[1]

Bull died suddenly at the age of about 61 and was buried at Shapwick.[1]

Bull married Elizabeth Hunt, daughter of Robert Hunt of Compton Pauncefoot, Somerset on 14 April 1658 and had three sons and two daughters.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Seats vacant in Rump Parliament
Member of Parliament for Wells
1660– 1661
With: Thomas White
Succeeded by
Sir Maurice Berkeley
Lord Richard Butler
Preceded by
John Hunt
William Lacy
Member of Parliament for Milborne Port
with John Hunt

Succeeded by
John Hunt
Thomas Saunders
Preceded by
Sir Francis Warre
Sir Halswell Tynte
Member of Parliament for Bridgwater
with Sir Francis Warre

1689– 1692
Succeeded by
Robert Balch
Sir Francis Warre