Harbord Harbord, 1st Baron Suffield

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Harbord Harbord
Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Harbord Harbord, 1783.jpg
Sir Harbord Harbord by Thomas Gainsborough, 1783 (Norwich Castle Museum)
Member of Parliament
for Norwich
(with Edward Bacon to 1784;
with William Windham from 1784)
In office
Preceded by Lord Hobart and
Edward Bacon
Succeeded by William Windham and
Henry Hobart
Personal details
Born Harbord Morden
(1734-01-26)January 26, 1734
Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk
Died February 4, 1810(1810-02-04) (aged 76)
Nationality British
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) Mary Assheton
Children William, Edward
Mother Elizabeth Britiffe
Father William Morden, later Sir William Harbord, 1st Baronet
Residence Gunton Hall

Harbord Harbord, 1st Baron Suffield (26 January 1734 – 4 February 1810), known as Sir Harbord Harbord, Bt, between 1770 and 1786, was a British landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1756 to 1784 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Suffield.


Gunton Hall in 1840

Harbord was born Harbord Morden at Thorpe, Norfolk, the eldest son of William Morden, later Sir William Harbord, 1st Baronet and his wife Elizabeth Britiffe, daughter of Robert Britiffe, Recorder of Norwich.[1] His father assumed by Royal licence the surname of Harbord in lieu of Morden in 1742 according to the will of his maternal uncle, Harbord Harbord.

Harbord sat as Member of Parliament for Norwich from 1756 to 1786.[2] He succeeded his father in the baronetcy in 1770. In 1775 Harbord commissioned James Wyatt to make significant additions to the Gunton Hall, the family's country house.[3] In 1786 he was raised to the peerage as Lord Suffield, Baron of Suffield, in the County of Norfolk.[4]

Lord Suffield married Mary Assheton, daughter of Sir Ralph Assheton, 3rd Baronet, in 1760. He died in February 1810, aged 76, and was succeeded in the baronetcy and barony by his eldest son, William. His younger son Edward was a radical politician and anti-slavery campaigner.[1]


  1. ^ a b thepeerage.com Harbord Harbord, 1st Baron Suffield
  2. ^ "HARBORD, Harbord (1734-1810), of Gunton Hall and Suffield, Norf". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Real-life Downton Abbey rediscovered in Norfolk". EDP24. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "No. 12775". The London Gazette. 5 August 1786. p. 351. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Lord Hobart
Edward Bacon
Member of Parliament for Norwich
With: Edward Bacon 1756–1784
William Windham 1784–1786
Succeeded by
William Windham
Hon. Henry Hobart
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Harbord
(of Suffield)
Succeeded by
William Assheton Harbord
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Suffield
Succeeded by
William Assheton Harbord