Henry Savile (politician)

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Henry Savile (1642 – 6 October 1687) was an English courtier, diplomat and Member of Parliament.

Savile was born at Rufford in Nottinghamshire, the third son of Sir William Savile, 3rd Baronet and his wife Anne Coventry. His elder brother was George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax.[1]

He served as Groom of the Bedchamber to the Duke of York from 1665 to 1672 and to King Charles II from 1673 to 1678. During this time he was also made envoy-extraordinary to France between 1672 and 1673 and between 1678 and 1682.[2]

In 1673 he was elected Member of Parliament in an irregular election for Newark, which was eventually declared void in 1677.[3] In the subsequent by-election Savile was properly re-elected, sitting until 1679. He was elected again in 1685, sitting until 1687.

In 1680 he was appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household. In 1687 he went to Paris for a surgical operation, but died there.

He was a close friend of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester.

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  1. ^ David J. Sturdy, 'Savile, Henry (1642–1687)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 12 Dec 2012
  2. ^ "SAVILE, Henry (c.1642-87), of Barrowby, Lincs. and Whitehall". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Newark Borough". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 23 April 2016.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Savile, Henry (1642-1687)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

Parliament of England
Preceded by
Constituency created
Member of Parliament for Newark
with Sir Paul Neile 1673–1677
Sir Richard Rothwell 1677–1679
Succeeded by
Lord Deincourt
Sir Robert Markham, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Richard Rothwell
Sir Robert Markham, Bt
Member of Parliament for Newark
with Philip Darcy
Succeeded by
Lord Savile
Nicholas Saunderson
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
The Earl of Sunderland
English Ambassador to France
Succeeded by
The Viscount Preston
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir George Carteret, Bt
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Succeeded by
James Porter