Sir Moyle Finch, 1st Baronet

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Sir Moyle Finch's tomb, by Nicholas Stone the Elder, now in Victoria and Albert Museum

Sir Moyle Finch, 1st Baronet (c. 1550 – 18 December 1614) was an English politician.


Finch was the eldest surviving son of Sir Thomas Finch of Eastwell, Kent and the brother of Henry Finch.

Finch sat as Member of Parliament for Weymouth between 1576 and 1584, for Kent in 1593 and for Winchelsea in 1601. He served as High Sheriff of Kent in 1596 and 1605.[1] In 1611 he was created a Baronet, of Eastwell in the County of Kent.[2]

Finch married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Heneage, in 1573. They had a daughter Anne who was a writer.[3] He died in December 1614 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Theophilus. Lady Finch was elevated to the peerage in her own right as Viscountess Winchilsea in 1623 and was further honoured when she was made Countess of Winchilsea in 1628. She died in 1634 and was succeeded by her third son, Thomas, who had already succeeded his elder brother in the baronetcy. Their fourth son Sir Heneage Finch became Speaker of the House of Commons and was the father of Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham.[4]


  1. ^ Richard Kilburne (1659). "A Topographie or Survey of the County of Kent" (PDF). London. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  2. ^ George E. Cokayne Complete Baronetage, Vol 1 (1900)
  3. ^ Marie-Louise Coolahan, ‘Twysden , Anne, Lady Twysden (1574–1638)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 14 Jan 2017
  4. ^ Sir Moyle Finch, 1st Bt.
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of Eastwell)
Succeeded by
Theophilus Finch