Charles Godfrey (courtier)

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Colonel Charles Godfrey (b. 1648 in Westminster; d. 23 February 1714 in Bath, Somerset) was MP for Malmesbury and Chipping Wycombe.[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]

He was Master of the Jewel Office.[2] 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.

Godfrey lived in Great Windmill Street near Piccadilly Circus, London.[3]

Family[edit]

Godfrey married Arabella Churchill, former mistress of King James II, in 1678 at Ashe Hall, Devon. They had a son and two daughters:

Francis Godfrey (d. 1712)
Charlotte Godfrey (b. 1679 in Penrhyn, Denbighshire, Wales), married Hugh Boscawen, 1st Viscount Falmouth (1675–1734); she died on 22 March 1754 in Tregothnan, Cornwall.
Elizabeth Godfrey, married Edmund Dunch MP (1677–1719).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GODFREY, Charles (c.1648-1715), of Windmill Street, Westminster and Huntercombe, Bucks. - History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Piccadilly Circus". Arthur Lloyd. Archived from the original on 17 June 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Estcourt
John Fitzherbert
Member of Parliament for Malmesbury
1689–1690
With: Thomas Tollemache
Succeeded by
Goodwin Wharton
Sir James Long
Preceded by
Thomas Lewes
William Jephson
Member of Parliament for Wycombe
1691–1707
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
1707–1713
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
1698–1704
Succeeded by
John Charlton
Military offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Selkirk
Colonel of Godfrey's Regiment of Cuirassiers
1688–1693
Succeeded by
Francis Langston