Herbert Croft (died 1629)

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Sir Herbert Croft (1565 – 1 April 1629) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1589 and 1614.

Croft was the eldest surviving son of Edward Croft of Croft Castle and his first wife. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. His father was put on his trial in 1589 on the charge of having contrived the death of the Earl of Leicester by witchcraft and went into exile. In 1589 Croft was elected Member of Parliament for Carmarthenshire. He was a J.P. for Carmarthenshire and for Herefordshire from 1591 and for Oxfordshire from about 1592. In about 1592 he became steward of the lordships of Kerry, Kedewen and Montgomery, Montontgomeryshire and was steward of crown lands in Herefordshire from October 1592.[1]

In 1593 Croft was elected MP for Herefordshire. He succeeded his grandfather James Croft to the family estates in 1594. In 1597 he was elected MP for Launceston and became Deputy Lieutenant. He was receiver-general for South Wales from April 1599 to 1604. In 1601 he was elected MP for Herefordshire again. He became a member of the council in the marches of Wales from 1601. He was knighted in 1603. In 1604 he was re-elected MP for Herefordshire. In 1607 he protested about the jusrisdiction of the council in the marches over the border shires and this cost him his seat on the council and his positions as JP and Deputy Lieutenant. He was re-elected MP for Herefordshire in 1614. In about 1617, he became a Catholic and a monk at the English Benedictine priory of St Gregory the Great at Douai, where he wrote pamphlets in defence of his new faith.[1]

Croft died at the age of about 63.[1]

Croft married Mary Bourne, daughter of Anthony Bourne of Holt Castle, Worcestershire and had four sons and five daughters. His son Herbert later became Bishop of Hereford.[1]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Johnes
Member of Parliament for Carmarthenshire
1589
Succeeded by
Walter Vaughan
Preceded by
Sir James Croft
Sir John Scudamore
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
1593
With: Sir Thomas Coningsby
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Coningsby
Sir John Scudamore
Preceded by
Roland Watson
George Grenville
Member of Parliament for Launceston
1597
Succeeded by
George Parker
George Downhall
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Coningsby
Sir John Scudamore
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
1601–1614
With: Sir James Scudamore
Succeeded by
Sir John Scudamore
Fitzwilliam Coningsby