Denny Ashburnham

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Sir Denny Ashburnham, 1st Baronet (c.1628–1697) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1660 and 1689.


Ashburnham was the eldest son of Lawrence Ashburnham of Broomham Park, Guestling, Sussex, and his second wife Bridget Fleetwood, daughter of Sir George Fleetwood.[1] His paternal grandfather was Adam Ashburnham, who sat in the Parliament of England.[2]


Letter from Sir Robert Long to Sir George Downing, instructing payment to Sir Denny Ashburnham of £6 interest on £200 lent. 1669

Ashburnham was a Commissioner for the Militia and became a Justice of the Peace for Sussex in March 1660. In April 1660, he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Hastings in the Convention Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Hastings in 1661 for the Cavalier Parliament.[3] On 15 May 1661, he was created a baronet, of Bromham, in the County of Sussex.[1] In 1665, Ashburnham was appointed a Commissioner of the Excise, a post he held for the next three years and again from 1688 until 1689.[3] He became a Deputy Lieutenant for Sussex in 1670. He was a Victualler of the Navy in 1671 and also between 1673 and 1677.[3] Ashburnham was several times a Commissioner for Assessment and between 1683 and 1689 served as Commissioner for Hearth-tax.[3] In 1685, he was nominated mayor of Hastings.[3]

In the aftermath of the so-called Popish Plot, Ashburnham was summoned in the trial of Titus Oates as a witness.[4]

Ashburnham died at the age of about 68 and was buried at Guestling on 11 December 1697.[3]


Ashburnham married firstly Frances Ashburnham, daughter of John Ashburnham and aunt of John Ashburnham, 1st Baron Ashburnham.[5] After her death, he married Anne Watkins, daughter of Sir David Watkins on 14 September 1675.[5] He had four sons and two daughters by his first wife and three sons and one daughter by his second wife.[5] Ashburnham was buried at Guestling in Sussex and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his sons William and Charles successively.[2]


  1. ^ a b Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 49. 
  2. ^ a b "ThePeerage - Sir Denny Ashburnham, 1st Bt". Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f History of Parliament Online - Ashburnham, Denny
  4. ^ Pollock, John (2005). Mervyn Archdall, ed. The Popish Plot: A Study in the History of the Reign of Charles II. Kessinger Publishing. p. 331. ISBN 1-4179-6576-2. 
  5. ^ a b c Debrett, John (1828). Debrett's Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. vol. I (17th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 294. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Rump Parliament
Member of Parliament for Hastings
With: Nicholas Delves 1660–1661
Edmund Waller 1661–1679
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Parker
John Ashburnham
Preceded by
Sir Robert Parker
Thomas Mun
Member of Parliament for Hastings
With: John Ashburnham
Succeeded by
John Ashburnham
Thomas Mun
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of Bromham)
Succeeded by
William Ashburnham