Sir Hugh Smith, 1st Baronet

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Sir Hugh Smith, 1st Baronet (21 April 1632 – 26 July 1680) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660 and 1679.

Smith was the son of Thomas Smith of Long Ashton, Somerset and his wife Florence Poulett, daughter of John Poulett, 1st Baron Poulett of Hinton St George, Somerset.[1]

Ashton Court house – home of the Smith family

In 1660, Smith was elected Member of Parliament for Somerset in the Convention Parliament.[2] He was created baronet of Ashton Court on16 May 1661 following the English Restoration, in recognition of the family's loyalty to the Crown. He was appointed High Sheriff of Somerset for 1665–1666 and re-elected MP for Somerset in 1679.[2]

Smith died at the age of 48. He had married Elizabeth Ashburnham, daughter of John Ashburnham of Ashburnham and was succeeded by his son John.[1]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Not represented in the restored Rump
Member of Parliament for Somerset
1660
With: George Horner
Succeeded by
Sir John Stawell
Edward Phelips
Preceded by
Sir John Sydenham
Edward Phelips
Member of Parliament for Somerset
1679
With: Sir John Sydenham
Succeeded by
Sir William Portman
George Speke
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of Long Ashton)
1661–1680
Succeeded by
John Smith