Frederick Cornwallis, 1st Baron Cornwallis

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The Lord Cornwallis

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Treasurer of the Household
In office
Preceded byViscount Savile
Succeeded byViscount Fitzhardinge
Privy Counsellor
In office
Personal details
DiedJanuary 1662

Frederick Cornwallis, 1st Baron Cornwallis (14 March 1610/1 – January 1662) was an English peer, MP and Privy Counsellor. He was Treasurer of the Household 1660–1662. He was the eldest surviving son of Sir William Cornwallis of Brome, Suffolk, and his second wife, Jane. After his father's death, his mother married Sir Nathaniel Bacon.

He died suddenly of apoplexy. Samuel Pepys recorded his death in the famous Diary, and described him as a "bold, profane-talking man". Another contemporary source described him as "a man of so cheerful a spirit that no sorrow came next his heart, and of so resolved a mind that no fear came into his thoughts".


He married twice. His first wife, Elizabeth Ashburnham, was the daughter of Sir John Ashburnham (of Ashburnham and Penhurst, Sussex) and Elizabeth Richardson, 1st Lady Cramond.

After the wedding, in January 1631, King Charles I, Henrietta Maria and Susan Feilding, Countess of Denbigh wrote to congratulate his mother Jane, Lady Cornwallis Bacon, and ask her to forgive him for his disobedience and return him to her favour. Denbigh said Ashburnham was her cousin "though her family be unfortunate".[1]

They had three sons (of which only one, Charles, outlived him), and a daughter. After her death c. February 1643, he married Elizabeth Crofts, daughter of Sir Henry Crofts (of Little Saxham), with whom he had a daughter.

He was the father of Charles Cornwallis, 2nd Baron Cornwallis.


  1. ^ Richard Griffin Baron Braybrooke, The Private Correspondence of Jane Lady Cornwallis; 1613-1644 (London, 1842), pp. 234-8: Joanna Moody, The Private Correspondence of Jane Lady Cornwallis Bacon, 1613-1644 (2003), p. 54.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
No Parliament
Member of Parliament for Eye
March 1640 – September 1642
With: Sir Roger North
Succeeded by
Morris Barrow and
Sir Roger North
Preceded by
Nathaniel Bacon and
Francis Bacon
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Francis Bacon
Succeeded by
John Sicklemore and
William Blois
Political offices
during English Republic
Title last held by
Viscount Savile
Treasurer of the Household
1660 – January 1662
Succeeded by
Viscount Fitzhardinge
Peerage of England
New creation Baron Cornwallis
1661 – January 1662
Succeeded by
Charles Cornwallis
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
1627 – January 1662
Succeeded by
Charles Cornwallis