Sir Harbottle Grimston, 1st Baronet

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Sir Harbottle Grimston, 1st Baronet (c. 1569–1648) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1614 and 1648. He supported the Parliamentarian side in the English Civil War.

Grimston was the grandson of Edward Grimston, MP for Eye, and his wife Joan Risby. He was created Baronet of Bradfield in the County of Essex in the Baronetage of England on 25 November 1611.

In 1614 he was High Sheriff of Essex.[1] He was elected Member of Parliament for Harwich in 1614.

In 1626 Grimston was elected knight of the shire (MP) for Essex. He was re-elected in 1628 and held the seat to 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years. In April 1640 he was re-elected MP for Essex in the Short Parliament. In November 1640 he was elected MP for Harwich in the Long Parliament. He held the seat until his death in 1648.[2]

Grimston married Elizabeth Coppenger, daughter of Ralph Coppenger of Stoke in Kent. They had five sons and the second Harbottle succeeded in the baronetcy.

The grave of Sir Harbottle Grimston, Ist Baronet, in the chancel of St Lawrence's Church, Bradfield, Essex
Coat of arms of Sir Harbottle Grimston, 1st Baronet
Argent on a fess Sable three mullets of six points Or pierced Gules in the dexter chief point an Ermine spot.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ John Burke A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies
  2. ^ Browne Willis Notitia parliamentaria, or, An history of the counties, cities, and boroughs in England and Wales: ... The whole extracted from mss. and printed evidences 1750
  3. ^ James Alexander Manning (1850). The Lives of the Speakers of the House of Commons. p. 354.
Parliament of England
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Essex
With: Sir Francis Barrington, 1st Baronet 1626–1628
Robert Rich, Lord Rich 1629
Parliament suspended until 1640
Parliament suspended since 1629 Member of Parliament for Essex
With: Sir Thomas Barrington, 2nd Baronet
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Harwich
With: Sir Thomas Cheek
Succeeded by
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of Bradfield)
Succeeded by