He matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford on 13 July 1604, aged 18. He was a student at the Middle Temple in 1607. In 1621 he was elected Member of Parliament for Tiverton, Devon. He was elected MP for Devon in 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles I decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.
Marriage and children
Bampfield married Elizabeth Drake, daughter of Thomas Drake of Buckland and niece of Admiral Sir Francis Drake, by whom he had children including:
- Amias Bampfylde, eldest son, died in Italy without children.
- Arthur Bampfield, second son, died without children.
- Sir John Bampfylde, 1st Baronet (1590–1650), third son and heir apparent, seemingly predeceased his father. The heir to his baronetcy and paternal inheritance was his eldest son Sir Coplestone Bampfylde, 2nd Baronet (c. 1633 – 1692).
- Francis Bampfield (died 1663/4), sixth son, a Nonconformist minister who died in Newgate Prison
- Thomas Bampfield (died 1693), eighth son, MP, briefly Speaker of the House of Commons.
- Venning, Tim & Hunneyball, Paul, biography of Bampfield, John (c.1586-c.1657), of Poltimore, Devon published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, Cambridge University Press, 2010
- Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, pp. 38–41, pedigree of Bamfield of Poltimore
- Venning & Hunneyball
- 'Alumni Oxonienses, 1500-1714: Baal-Barrow', Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714: Abannan-Kyte (1891), pp. 51-78. Date accessed: 19 November 2011
- Vivian, p.40
- Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 306.
|Parliament of England|
Constituency enfranchised 1615
|Member of Parliament for Tiverton
With: John Davie
Sir George Chudleigh
|Member of Parliament for Devon
With: Sir Francis Drake, 1st Baronet
Parliament suspended until 1640