Sir Henry Furnese, 1st Baronet
Sir Henry Furnese, 1st Baronet (30 May 1658 – 30 November 1712), of Waldershare, Kent, and Dover Street, Westminster, was an English merchant and Whig politician who sat in the English and British House of Commons between 1698 and 1712.
Furnese was the son of Henry Furnese, of Sandwich, Kent and his wife Anne Gosfright, daughter of Andrew Gosfright of Sandwich. He was an apprentice of the Drapers’ Company in 1672, and pursued a career in the City of London as a merchant trader. He was knighted at The Hague on 21 October 1691. He was master of the Drapers' Company from 1694 to 1695. He was one of the original directors of the Bank of England when the bank was founded in 1694. He served as a member of the Director's Court of the bank from 1694 to 1697, 1699 to 1700 and 1700 to 1702. He was also a director of the New East India Company from 1698 to 1703.
Furnese was elected as Member of Parliament for Bramber at the 1698 English general election, but was expelled on 14 February the following year for holding a post incompatible with being a Member of Parliament. He was re-elected for Sandwich in 1701 but was again expelled the following month, only to be re-elected again, after which he held the seat until his death.
He married twice: firstly in November 1684 to Anne Brough, the 19-year-old daughter of linen draper Robert Brough of St Lawrence Jewry. She was buried in the parish church of St Lawrence Jewry on 30 June 1695. His second marriage was to Matilda, the widow of Anthony Balam and daughter of fellow London merchant Sir Thomas Vernon.
Notes and references
- Cokayne, George Edward (1906) Complete Baronetage. Volume V. Exeter: W. Pollard & Co. LCCN 06-23564. p. 1
- "FURNESE, Sir Henry (1658-1712), of Waldershare, Kent, and Dover Street, Westminster". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
- Alfred P Beaven. "'Chronological list of aldermen: 1701-1800', in The Aldermen of the City of London Temp. Henry III - 1912 (London, 1908), pp. 119-140". British History Online. Retrieved 14 July 2019.