Christopher Hatton, 1st Viscount Hatton

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A 1641 painting of Christopher Hatton by Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen

Christopher Hatton, 1st Viscount Hatton (1632–1706) was an English aristocrat and diplomat.


He succeeded his father, Christopher Hatton, 1st Baron Hatton, as Baron Hatton and also as governor of Guernsey in 1670.[1]

He and his family were living in the governor's official residence, Castle Cornet, in 1672 when its keep and some living quarters were destroyed by an explosion; his mother and wife were killed.[2]

In 1682, he was created Viscount Hatton, of Gretton, Northamptonshire.[3]


He first married Cecily Tufton (d.1642)[2] and had the following issue:

He married secondly Frances (d.1684) daughter of Sir Henry Yelverton, 2nd Baronet[2] and had one daughter that survived infancy.

His last wife was Elizabeth the daughter of Sir William Haslewood of Maidwell, Northamptonshire[2][4] and had a large family including two sons:

  • William (1690–1760), succeeded to his father's titles and estates
  • Henry (c. 1700-1762), who enjoyed the same dignities for a short time after his brother's death.


Both his sons inherited the title Viscount Hatton in turn: William on his father's death in 1706, and Henry Charles for two years 1760-1762.

When Henry Charles died, the titles became extinct. The family line continues with the Finch-Hattons, earls of Winchelsea and Nottingham, whose ancestor, Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham, married Anne, daughter of the 1st Viscount Hatton.


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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Richard Raynsford
Sir William Dudley
Member of Parliament for Northampton
With: Richard Raynsford 1663–1664
Sir John Bernard 1664
Sir Henry Yelverton
Succeeded by
Sir William Fermor
Lord Ibrackan
Peerage of England
New creation Viscount Hatton
Succeeded by
William Hatton
Preceded by
Christopher Hatton
Baron Hatton