Richard Baker (chronicler)

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Richard Baker
Bornc. 1568
Died18 February 1645 (aged 76–77)
Fleet Prison, London
Occupationpolitician, historian, religious writer
Notable work
Chronicle of the Kings of England

Sir Richard Baker (c. 1568 – 18 February 1645) was a politician, historian and religious writer. He was the English author of the Chronicle of the Kings of England and other works.


Richard Baker, born about 1568 at Sissinghurst, Kent, was the elder son of John Baker and Katherine Scott, the daughter of Sir Reginald Scott (d. 16 December 1554) of Scot's Hall near Ashford, Kent, and Emeline Kempe, the daughter of Sir William Kempe of Olantigh, by Eleanor, daughter of Sir Robert Browne.[1] Richard Baker's father, John Baker, was the second son of Sir John Baker, the first Chancellor of the Exchequer.[2]

Richard Baker had a younger brother named Thomas,[3][4][5] who is doubtless the ancestor of William Baker of Lismacue House in County Tipperary, Ireland.[6]

Marriage and issue[edit]

About 1600 Baker married Margaret Mainwaring (d.1654),[7] daughter of Sir George Mainwaring of Ightfield, Shropshire, by whom he had three sons and four daughters:

  • Sir Thomas Baker, born in 1602, who married on 9 April at St Mary in the parish of Lambeth, Frances Wilford, daughter of Sir Thomas Wilford of Ileden, Kent, and Elizabeth Sandys. They had eight children:[8]
  • Mainwaring, born in 1603.
  • Arthur (died in 1644), barrister at law.
  • Anne, born in 1607.
  • Margaret.
  • Cecily.
  • Frances, married on 18 October 1645 at St Anne and St Agnes, London, Robert Smith, citizen and tailor of London. Smith is said to have burned a manuscript of Baker's life.


  1. ^ Richardson IV 2011, p. 2.
  2. ^ Martin 2004.
  3. ^ christened on 3 April 1577 at St Stephen Coleman Street, City of London
  4. ^ Will of John Baker of Saint Stephen Coleman Street, City of London, 14 April 1606
  5. ^ Will of Sir Henry Baker of Cranbrook, Kent, 6 May 1624
  6. ^ "A genealogical and Heraldic History of The Landed Gentry", by Sir Bernard Burke, revised by A.C Fox-Davies, published by Harrisons and Sons 1912, p.23, It stated incorrectly that William's ancestor Thomas was a follower of Lord Deputy Sussex instead of Lord Lieutenant Essex.
  7. ^ Will of Dame Margaret Baker, widow, City of London, 9 February 1654
  8. ^ "The Oxinden Letters 1607–1642", Edited with Notes and an Introduction by Dorothy Gardiner, published by London Constable and Co ltd 1933, p.223-24.

External links[edit]

  • A Chronicle of the Kings of England from the Time of the Romans Government unto the Death of King James(1670) at Internet Archive
  • Portraits of Sir Richard Baker at the National Portrait Gallery, London Edit this at Wikidata
  • Martin, G.H. (2004). "Baker, Sir Richard (c.1568–1645)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/1131. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) The first edition of this text is available at Wikisource: "Baker, Richard (1568–1645)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  • Richardson, Douglas (2011). Everingham, Kimball G. (ed.). Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. Vol. IV (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 978-1460992708. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  • "Sir Richard Baker". History of Parliament.
  • Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Baker, Sir Richard" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. which in turn cites:
  • Hutchinson, John (1892). "Sir Richard Baker" . Men of Kent and Kentishmen (Subscription ed.). Canterbury: Cross & Jackman. p. 0.