Edward Barrett, 1st Lord Barrett of Newburgh

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Edward Barrett, 1st Lord Barrett of Newburgh, PC (21 June 1581 – buried 2 January 1645) was an English politician.


Barrett was the son of Charles Barrett of Belhouse, Essex and his wife Christian Mildmay (a daughter of Sir Walter Mildmay). He matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford on 17 March 1597 and entered Lincoln's Inn in 1600. He was knighted on 17 April 1608.[1]

In 1614 Barrett was elected Member of Parliament for Whitchurch. He was elected MP for Newport in 1621.[1] In 1625, he was Ambassador to France.

Barret was created Lord Barrett of Newburgh in Scotland on 17 October 1627 and was made a baronet a year later (a unique occurrence of someone being made a baronet after being made peer). In 1628, he was invested as member of the Privy Council. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1628 to 1629, and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1629 to 1644. He was a Lord of the Treasury from 1641 to 1643.[1]

Barret died at the age of 63 and was buried at Aveley on 2 January 1645.[1]

Barrett was married twice but had no children, so that upon his death in 1645, his titles became extinct.


Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Portland
Chancellor of the Exchequer of England
Succeeded by
The Lord Cottington
Preceded by
Sir Humphrey May
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Succeeded by
Lord Seymour
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
New creation
Lord Barrett of Newburgh
Succeeded by
Title extinct
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
New creation
(of Newburgh)
Succeeded by
Title extinct