William Brooke, 12th Baron Cobham

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William Brooke, 12th Baron Cobham KB (baptised 1 December 1601 – 20 September 1643)[1] was an English peer, soldier and politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Rochester, Kent.

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He was the only son of George Brooke and Elizabeth Burgh, and in 1619 succeeded his uncle Henry Brooke, 11th Baron Cobham as Baron Cobham.[2] The barony, however, remained under attainder, due to his father and uncle's treason by having both participated in the Main Plot against King James I of England.

On 1 February 1626, he was invested as a Knight of the Bath. He served as the Member of Parliament for Rochester, Kent from 1628 to 1629.

Brooke married twice; his first wife was Pembroke Lennard (daughter of Henry, Lord Dacre[3]), and his second wife, Penelope Hill. He had surviving issue by both wives.[4] His two principal residences were Cooling in Kent and Sterborough in Surrey. He died from wounds received at the First Battle of Newbury in the English Civil War.[5] As he had no sons, the barony fell into abeyance between his four daughters and co-heirs.

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