Ralph Hare

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Sir Ralph Hare, 1st Baronet (24 March 1623 – 28 February 1672) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1654 and 1672.

Hare was the son of Sir John Hare and his wife Elizabeth Coventry, only daughter of Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry by his 1st wife Sarah Sebright. He was the great-grandson of Sir Nicholas Hare, Speaker of the House of Commons from 1539 to 1540, who purchased the Stow Bardolph estate in 1553. He was created a baronet, of Stow Bardolph in the County of Norfolk on 23 July 1641 [1] and appointed Sheriff of Norfolk for 1650.[2]

In 1654, Hare was elected Member of Parliament for Norfolk in the First Protectorate Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Norfolk in 1656 for the Second Protectorate Parliament.[3]

In 1660, Hare was elected MP for King's Lynn in the Convention Parliament.[4] He was elected MP for Norfolk in 1661 for the Cavalier Parliament and sat until his death in 1672.[5]

Hare died at the age of 48.

Hare married firstly Mary Crane, daughter of Sir Robert Crane, 1st Baronet of Chilton, Suffolk, by whom he had seven children, of whom Thomas succeeded him. He married secondly, Vere Townshend, daughter of Sir Roger Townshend, 1st Baronet of Raynham, Norfolk, but by her had no issue. He married thirdly Elizabeth Chapman of Suffolk, and by that lady left a posthumous son, John, who died in infancy.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Robert Jermy (?)
Tobias Frere
Ralph Wolmer
Henry King
William Burton
Member of Parliament for Norfolk
With: Sir John Hobart
Sir William D'Oyly
Robert Wilton
Philip Wodehouse
Thomas Sotherton
Robert Wood (senior)
P Bedingfield (senior) 1654
Tobias Frere 1654
Thomas Weld 1654
John Buxton 1656
Charles Fleetwood 1656
Sir Horatio Townsend 1656
Succeeded by
Sir William D'Oyly
Sir Horatio Townsend
Preceded by
William Cecil
2nd seat vacant
Member of Parliament for King's Lynn
1660 – 1661
With: Edward Walpole
Succeeded by
Edward Walpole
Sir William Hovell
Preceded by
Sir Horatio Townshend
The Lord Cramond
Member of Parliament for Norfolk
1661 – 1672
With: The Lord Cramond
Succeeded by
Sir John Hobart, Bt
The Lord Cramond