Clement Higham

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The Right Honourable
Sir Clement Higham
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Speaker of the House of Commons
In office
MonarchQueen Mary I
Preceded byRobert Broke
Succeeded bySir William Cordell
Personal details
Died9 March 1571
Spouse(s)Anne Waldegrave
Relationsgrandson in law of Sir Robert Drury

Sir Clement Higham (also Heigham) of Barrow, Suffolk (born by 1495 – 9 March 1571) was an English lawyer and politician. He was a Member of Parliament, Speaker of the House of Commons (1554–1555), Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, and a Privy Councillor to Queen Mary. He was also a barrister-at-law and a Reader and Governor of Lincoln's Inn in London.

Higham was Member of Parliament (MP) for Ipswich April 1554; for Rye October 1553; West Looe November 1554 and Lancaster 1558.[1]

Higham was buried in the parish church at Barrow, Suffolk, where there is an altar tomb in the chancel with effigy brasses, arms, and long eulogistic inscription, and his heraldic coat of arms is displayed in a window at Lincoln's Inn.


Higham married (after 1528) Anne (1506–1590), daughter of Sir George Waldegrave (1483–1528) of Smallbridge in Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, by his wife Anne (d. 1572), daughter of Sir Robert Drury, Lord of the Manors of Thurston, and Hawstead, Suffolk, (1455–1536). (See also Waldegrave family.)

Sir John Heigham, M.P. for Ipswich, is stated to have been his eldest son by his first marriage.[2]


  • The Visitation of Suffolk 1561, by William Hervey, Clarenceux King of Arms. Transcribed and edited by Joan Corder, F.S.A., London, 1984 volume 2, pps: 396-7.


  1. ^ "HEIGHAM, Clement (by 1495-1571), of Barrow, Suff. - History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  2. ^ J.H., 'Heigham, John (d.1626), of Barrow, Suff.', in P.W. Hasler (ed.), The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603 (Boydell & Brewer, 1981). Read here
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Broke
Speaker of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Sir John Pollard
Legal offices
Preceded by
David Brooke
Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Saunders