Henry Clerke (MP for Rochester)

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Henry Clerke was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1621 and 1626.

Clerke was recorder of Rochester.[1] He was elected Member of Parliament for Rochester in 1621 until 1622 under the reign of King James I. He was re-elected MP for Rochester in 1625 for both parliaments in that year under King Charles I.[2] His political seat was the house in Rochester later named Restoration House which he created from some existing buildings.[3]

In 1637, Clerke was made a serjeant-at law and some time before 1642, he acquired the manor of Ulcomb from Sir William St Leger.[1] As Clerke supported King Charles in the Civil War, Restoration House was sequestered and used by Colonel Gibbon as a headquarters in southeast England.[3]

Clerke married Grace Morgan, daughter of George Morgan of Crow Lane House, Rochester. His sons Francis and John were also MPs for Rochester.[4]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Walsingham
Sir Edwin Sandys
Member of Parliament for Rochester
1621–1622
With: Sir Thomas Walsingham
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Walsingham
Maxilimian Dalyson
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Walsingham
Maximilian Dalyson
Member of Parliament for Rochester
1625–1626
With: Sir Thomas Walsingham
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Walsingham
William Brooke