Charles Godfrey (courtier)

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Colonel Charles Godfrey (born 1646 in Westminster – d. 23 February 1714 in Bath, Somerset) was MP for one short Parliament for Malmesbury and a few months later was elected for Wycombe (also known as Chipping Wycombe) which he co-represented for 22 years.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Godfrey came from a recusant family, originating in Norfolk, and was the son of Francis Godfrey of Little Chelsea, Middlesex[1] and his wife Anne née Blount. He was born on 6 November 1646 in Westminster, and was baptised on 26 November at Mapledurham, Oxfordshire.[2]

While MP he was Master of the Jewel Office for six years; his office as Master ceased three years before the end of the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain.[3] He was also one of the clerks comptrollers of the green cloth. The Clerk of the Green Cloth was a position in the British Royal Household. The clerk acted as secretary of the Board of Green Cloth, and was therefore responsible for organising royal journeys and assisting in the administration of the Royal Household.[4]

Godfrey lived in Great Windmill Street near Piccadilly Circus, London.[5]

Godfrey died on 23 February 1714 while on a visit to Bath, Somerset and was buried in Bath Abbey.[1]


Godfrey married Arabella Churchill, former mistress of King James II, on 1 June 1680 at Holy Trinity Minories, London.[6] He was thus brother-in-law of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. They had a son and two daughters:


  1. ^ a b c "GODFREY, Charles (c.1648-1715), of Windmill Street, Westminster and Huntercombe, Bucks. - History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ Oxfordshire Family History Society; Oxford, Oxfordshire, England; Anglican Parish Registers; Reference Number: PAR164/1/R1/1
  3. ^ Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 2, page 1866. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition.
  4. ^ "Officers of the Green Cloth: Clerks and Clerk Comptrollers". Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Piccadilly Circus". Arthur Lloyd. Archived from the original on 17 June 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ London Metropolitan Archives, Holy Trinity Minories, Register of marriages, 1676 - 1683, P69/TRI2/A/007/MS09242A
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Estcourt
John Fitzherbert
Member of Parliament for Malmesbury
With: Thomas Tollemache
Succeeded by
Goodwin Wharton
Sir James Long
Preceded by
Thomas Lewes
William Jephson
Member of Parliament for Wycombe
With: Thomas Lewes 1691–1696
Fleetwood Dormer 1696–1698, 1701–1707
John Archdale 1698–1699
Thomas Archdale 1699–1700
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Wycombe
With: Fleetwood Dormer 1707–1710
Sir Thomas Lee 1710–1713
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Lee
Sir John Wittewronge
Political offices
Preceded by
Hon. Heneage Montagu
Master of the Jewel Office
Succeeded by
John Charlton
Military offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Selkirk
Colonel of Godfrey's Regiment of Cuirassiers
Succeeded by
Francis Langston