Henry Probert (barrister)

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Henry Probert
MP, JP
Born 1645?
Died 1719?
Residence The Argoed, Penalt, Monmouthshire, Wales
Nationality Welsh
Alma mater Jesus College, Oxford
Occupation
Known for Anti-Catholic activism
Parent(s) George Probert

Henry Probert (1645? – 1719?) was a Welsh anti-Catholic activist and politician.

Life[edit]

He was the son of George Probert, who married Magdalen, daughter of Charles Williams (of Llangibby). He was therefore nephew of Sir Trevor Williams; and shared his extreme Protestant views. [1]

Probert matriculated at Jesus College, Oxford in 1663, and entered the Inner Temple in 1664.[2] He lived at The Argoed, Penalt.[1]

Probert was an associate of John Arnold of Monmouthshire in his campaign against local Catholics and the Jesuits. The two were twice removed as Justice of the Peace by the Marquess of Worcester, in 1677 and 1680, the second time being part of a larger purge of local magistrates by the Tory Worcester.[3] At the beginning of this period Probert and Arnold were pressing the local justices to take action against practising Catholics.[4] Probert assisted Arnold in his confrontation with Henry Milbourne.[5] He was appointed High Sheriff of Monmouthshire for 1689–90.[1]

When Arnold was elected as Member of Parliament for Monmouth Boroughs in 1695, in the Whig interest, it was on the understanding with supporters that he would make way for Probert. This he duly did, and in 1698 Probert served as MP there.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hayton, D. W. (2006). E. Cruickshanks; S. Handley; D. W. Hayton, eds. PROBERT, Henry (c.1645-by 1719), of the Argoed, Pen-allt, Tryleg, Mon. Cambridge University Press Series: History of Parliament. ISBN 9780521772211. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Joseph Foster (editor) (1891). "Alumni Oxonienses, 1500-1714: Prichard-Pyx". Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Molly McClain (11 May 2001). Beaufort: The Duke and His Duchess, 1657-1715. Yale University Press. pp. 126–8. ISBN 978-0-300-08411-5. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Nathan Rogers and the Wentwood Case: a continuing issue in Monmouthshire politics from Charles I to the Chartists, p. 36, Welsh History Review - Vol. 14, nos. 1-4 1988-89.
  5. ^ Nathan Rogers and the Wentwood Case: a continuing issue in Monmouthshire politics from Charles I to the Chartists, p. 39, Welsh History Review - Vol. 14, nos. 1-4 1988-89.
  6. ^ Hayton, D. W. (2006). E. Cruickshanks; S. Handley; D. W. Hayton, eds. Monmouth Boroughs. Cambridge University Press Series: History of Parliament. ISBN 9780521772211. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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