Sir Herbert Croft, 1st Baronet

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search

Sir Herbert Croft, 1st Baronet (ca. 1651 – 3 November 1720) was the only son of the Right Reverend Herbert Croft, Bishop of Hereford and Anne Browne, the only daughter of the Very Rev. Dr. Jonathan Browne[1] and Anne Barne Lovelace. Her half-brothers were Richard Lovelace (1618–1657) an English poet in the seventeenth century and Francis Lovelace (1621–1675), who was the second governor of the New York Colony appointed by the Duke of York, later King James II of England.

The great nephew of both George Sandys[2] (2 March 1577 – March 1644), the traveller, colonist and poet, and of Sir Edwin Sandys[3] (9 December 1561 – October 1629), an English statesman and one of the founders of the London Company, he was also the great great grandson of Cicely Wilford and the Most Reverend Dr. Edwin Sandys, an Anglican church leader who successively held the posts of the Bishop of Worcester (1559–1570), Bishop of London (1570–1576), and the Archbishop of York (1576–1588), one of the translators of the Bishops' Bible.[4]

He inherited Croft Castle from his father in 1691. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Archer of Umberslade, Warwickshire, by whom he had two sons: Archer, his successor and Francis, the grandfather of the 5th and 6th baronets.

Sir Herbert was created a baronet in 1671, and served as member of Parliament for Herefordshire in 1679 and 1690 to 1698. He was appointed High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1682.[5]


  1. Jonathan Browne, Doctor of Laws. Browne matriculated at Gloucester Hall, Oxford 13 October 1620, aged 19, and received the degree of B. C. L. 1624/5, D. C. L. 1630 and L. L. D. He held the following preferements: rector of Shelly, Essex, 1621; rector of St. Faith's, London, 1628; rector of Hertingfordbury, Herts, 1630; president of Sion College, 1636-1637; canon of Hereford Cathedral,1636; dean of Hereford Cathedral 1636; canon of Westminster Abbey 1639. He outlived his wife and died December, 1643, and his will (undated and unregistered) was proved 8 April 1645 (Oxford Wills; Prerogafive Court of Canterbury, 1645).
  4. Croft was also the grand nephew of Sir Francis Walsingham and a second cousin of Frances Walsingham.
  5. "CROFT, Sir Herbert, 1st Bt. (c.1652-1720), of Croft Castle, Herefs". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 9 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Prise
Sir John Kyrle
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
with The Viscount Scudamore

Succeeded by
The Viscount Scudamore
Sir Edward Harley
Preceded by
Sir John Morgan
Sir Edward Harley
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
with Sir John Morgan 1690-1693
Sir Edward Harley 1693-1698

Succeeded by
Henry Gorges
Henry Cornewall
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of Croft Castle)
Succeeded by
Archer Croft