Henry Gawdy

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Sir Henry Gawdy (c. 1553–1621), of Claxton, Norfolk, was an English politician.

He was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Gawdy and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (1571) and the Inner Temple (1571). He succeeded his father in 1588.

He served as a Justice of the Peace for Suffolk from 1593 and was appointed High Sheriff of Norfolk for 1592–93 and 1607–08. He was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) for Norfolk in 1597 and 1601 and knighted KB in 1603.

He married twice: firstly Elizabeth, the daughter of Robert Warner of Norwich, with whom he had 6 sons and a daughter and secondly Elizabeth Barnardiston, widow of Sir Charles Framlingham. He was succeeded by his son Robert.[1]


  1. ^ "GAWDY, Henry (c.1553-1621), of Claxton, Norf.". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Edward Coke
Nathaniel Bacon
Member of Parliament for Norfolk
With: Sir John Townsend 1597–1601
Bassingbourne Gawdy
Succeeded by
Sir Nathaniel Bacon
Sir Charles Cornwallis