Daniel Norton

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Sir Daniel Norton (1568 – 4 July 1636) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1621 and 1629.

Norton was the son of Sir Richard Norton of Rotherfield. He was knighted at Whitehall on 23 July 1603.[1] Through his marriage in 1606 he came into possession of Southwick Park[2] He was High Sheriff of Hampshire in 1607. He built a new house on or near the site of Southwick Priory which was demolished at the beginning of the 19th century. In 1621, he was elected Member of Parliament for Portsmouth. He was elected MP for Hampshire in 1624 and for Portsmouth again in 1625.[3] It was while Charles I was the guest of Norton at Southwick Park, that he received the news of the assassination of the Duke of Buckingham by John Felton at Portsmouth.[4] In 1628 Norton was elected MP for Hampshire again and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[3] Norton had joined Sir John Cooper, 1st Baronet in denouncing Arminianism in the 1628-29 parliament,and Norton was made one of the trustees for Cooper's son Anthony Ashley Cooper. He provided a home for him and his siblings at Southwick after the death of their parents and Norton chose a man with Puritan leanings named Fletcher as Cooper's tutor.

Norton died at the age of about 77.

Norton married Honoria White daughter of Sir John White of Southwick in about July 1606.[5] She was a woman of some fortitude and religious conviction.[6] Their son Richard Norton was a Parliamentarian colonel and their daughter Honoria married John Eliot.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
John Griffith
George Thorpe
Member of Parliament for Portsmouth
1621-1622
With: Sir Benjamin Rudyerd
Succeeded by
Sir Benjamin Rudyerd
Sir William Uvedale
Preceded by
Sir Henry Wallop
Sir John Jephson
Member of Parliament for Hampshire
1624
With: Sir Robert Oxenbridge
Succeeded by
Robert Wallop
Henry Whitehead
Preceded by
Sir Benjamin Rudyerd
Sir William Uvedale
Member of Parliament for Portsmouth
1625
With: Sir Benjamin Rudyerd
Succeeded by
Sir James Fullerton
Thomas Whiteman
Preceded by
Sir Henry Wallop
Robert Wallop
Member of Parliament for Hampshire
1628-1629
With: Sir Henry Wallop
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640