Nathaniel Barnardiston

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Sir Nathaniel Barnardiston (1588 – 25 July 1653) of Kedington, Suffolk was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1625 and 1648. [1]

Barnardiston was the eldest surviving son of Sir Thomas Barnardiston of Witham, Essex and his wife Mary Knight, daughter of Sir Richard Knight.[2] He was knighted in 1618 and made High Sheriff of Suffolk for 1624.

In 1625 Barnardiston was elected Member of Parliament for Suffolk and held the seat until 1629, when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years. In April 1640, he was re-elected MP for Suffolk in the Short Parliament and again in November 1640 for the Long Parliament.[3] He is not recorded as sitting after Pride's Purge in 1648.

Barnardiston died at the age of 65. He had married Jane Soame, daughter of Sir Stephen Soame, Lord Mayor of London. Their sons, Thomas and Samuel, both became MPs and baronets.[2]


  1. ^ "BARNARDISTON, Sir Nathaniel (c.1588-1653), of Kedington, Suff". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b John Burke, John Bernard Burke A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies
  3. ^ Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. pp. onepage&q&f&#61, false 229–239.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Robert Naunton
Sir Robert Crane, 1st Baronet
Member of Parliament for Suffolk
With: Sir William Spring
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Suffolk
With: Sir Philip Parker
Succeeded by
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