Sir Charles Morrison, 1st Baronet

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This article is about the 17th-century English politician and baronet. For his father, the 16th-century politician, see Charles Morison (MP for Tavistock). For other people named Charles Morrison, see Charles Morrison (disambiguation).
A 1707 illustration of the Cashiobury Estate in Watford, the Morrison family seat

Sir Charles Morrison, 1st Baronet (18 April 1587 – 20 August 1628) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1621 and 1628.

Morrison was the only son of Sir Charles Morrison of Cashiobury in Watford, Hertfordshire, and his wife Dorothea Clark, daughter of Nicholas Clark. He succeeded to the estate of Cashiobury on the death of his father on 31 March 1599. He was made Knight of the Bath (KB) in 1603 at the English coronation of James I and was created baronet on 29 June 1611.[1][2][3]

In 1621, Morrison was elected Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire and was re-elected in 1624. He was elected MP for St Albans in 1625 and 1626. In 1628 he was elected MP for Hertford and sat until his death.[1][4] Prior to his first appearance in Parliament in May 1621, Morrison was reportedly assaulted on the Parliament stairs by the MP for Dunwich, Clement Cooke. After an enquiry, Cooke was imprisoned in the Tower of London for the attack.[5]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Sir Charles Morrison's daughter, Elizabeth, is pictured in this 1640 portrait after her marriage into the Capel family

Morrison married Mary Hicks, daughter of Baptist Hicks, 1st Viscount Campden at Low Leyton, Essex on 4 December 1606. A daughter, Elizabeth Morrison, was baptised 1610/11.[6] The couple also had two sons who died in infancy.[3]


The Morrison family tombs are in the Church of St Mary, Watford

Morrison died in 1628 at the age of 41[1] and was buried in the mortuary chapel of the Morrison and Essex families in St. Mary's Parish Church, Watford. His large, elaborate tomb was executed by Nicholas Stone, a celebrated sculptor of the day. It sits opposite the tomb of his father, who died in 1599 and is designed in a similar style. The tomb features reclining figures of Sir Charles and his wife Mary sculpted in marble. Sir Charles is depicted wearing armour, resting on his elbow, with a scroll under his hand, while his lady is represented reclining on a cushion, wearing a richly embroidered dress of the period. Below them are the kneeling figures of a youth, a boy and a young lady kneeling.[7]

Sir Charles had no sons and the Morrison baronetcy became extinct on his death. His daughter, Elizabeth, was his only heir and inherited the Cashiobury estate in Watford. Elizabeth had married Arthur Capell in 1627, and the estate then passed into the Capell family. In 1641 the title of Baron Capell of Hadham was conferred upon her her husband and she became Lady Capell; in later years Cashiobury became the family seat of the Earls of Essex through the Capell male line.[3][8][9]

Sir Charles Morrison widow, Mary, married again, becoming the second wife of Sir John Cooper, 1st Baronet of Rockbourne, Hampshire.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "G.E.C", ed. (1900). Complete Baronetage Volume I: 1611-1625. Exeter: William Pllard & Co. p. 71. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sir Charles Morrison, 1st and last Bt.". Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Art Journal" 33. George Virtue. 1871. p. 254. Retrieved 17 December 2014.  - this source states he was made K.B. upon the ascent of Charles I of England to the throne.
  4. ^ "MORISON, Charles (1549-99), of Cassiobury, Herts.". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Nicholas, Sir Edward; Tyrwhitt, Thomas (1766). The Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons in 1620 and 1621, Volume 2. p. 42-49. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Elizabeth Morrison". Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Watford in 1880". Hertfordshire Geneaology. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  8. ^ *Hutton, Ronald (October 2006) [2004]. "Capel, Arthur, first Baron Capel of Hadham (1604–1649)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/4583.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) The first edition of this text is available as an article on Wikisource:  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1887). "Capel, Arthur (1610?-1649)". Dictionary of National Biography 9. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  9. ^ Jone (1829). Jones' Views of the Seats, Mansions, Castles, Etc. of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England::. Jones & Company. p. TT4. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Henry Cary
Ralph Coningsby
Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire
With: Sir Henry Cary 1621-1622
Sir William Lytton 1624
Succeeded by
Sir James Boteler
John Boteler
Preceded by
Robert Kirkham
Sir John Jennings
Member of Parliament for St Albans
With: John Laken 1625
Sir Edward Goring 1626
Succeeded by
Sir John Jennings
Robert Kirkham
Preceded by
Sir William Harrington
Sir Capell Bedell
Member of Parliament for Hertford
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Howard;
Sir Thomas Fanshawe
Baronetage of England
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29 June 1611
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