Humfrey Tufton

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Humfrey Tufton, 1st Baronet (1584 – October 1659) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1648.

Tufton was a son of John Tufton of Hothfield, and brother of Nicholas Tufton, 1st Earl of Thanet. He purchased The Mote near Maidstone.[1]

Humfrey Tufton was involved in a duel with Murray of Prince Charles's bedchamber (a brother of Secretary Murray) in March 1625, after having an argument at a stage play.[2] They went to St George's Fields to fight. Tufton noted the presence of Gibson, a Scottish armourer, although they had agreed not to have "seconds" present. Tufton objected and left the field. The events offended Gibson's sense of honour, and he fought with Murray. Both were fatally injured.[3]

In November 1640, Tufton was elected Member of Parliament for Maidstone in the Long Parliament.[4] He was created a baronet, of The Mote in the County of Kent, on 24 December 1641. He was excluded from parliament under Pride's Purge in 1648. He was appointed High Sheriff of Kent for 1654.[citation needed]

Tufton died at Bobbing Place at the age of 76.[1]


Tufton married Margaret Morley, daughter of Herbert Morley of Glynde Sussex. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son, John. The title became extinct upon the death of the second Baronet in 1685.[1] His daughter Olympia married Sir William Wray of Ashby.


  1. ^ a b c John Burke, John Bernard Burke A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies. Accessed 16 December 2022.
  2. ^ Thomas Birch & Folkestone Williams, Court and Times of James the First, 2 (London: Colburn, 1849), pp. 493, 502.
  3. ^ John S. Brewer, The Court of King James the First by Godfrey Goodman, vol. 1 (London, 1839), pp. 404-405.
  4. ^ 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. 229–239.
Parliament of England
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Maidstone
With: Sir Francis Barnham 1640–1646
Sir Thomas Twisden, 1st Baronet
Succeeded by
Not represented in Rump Parliament
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
of The Mote
Succeeded by