Sir Robert Worsley, 3rd Baronet

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Sir Robert Worsley, painted by Sir Peter Lely

Sir Robert Worsley, 3rd Baronet Worsley (1643–1675, Appuldurcombe) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England during the Cavalier Parliament, representing Newtown on the Isle of Wight from 1666 to 1675.[1][2] He was counted as a member of the Court party, but was not considered very active in parliament.[2]


He was the son of Sir Henry Worsley (1612–1666), the second Baronet, and Bridget, daughter of Sir Henry Wallop.[1][2] He married, in 1668, Mary Herbert[2] (died 1693)[1] daughter of the Hon. James Herbert of Kingsey in Buckinghamshire,[1][2] second surviving son of Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery (1584–1650) and his wife Susan de Vere (1587–1629), youngest daughter of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, and thus a descendant of Sir Philip Sidney.

Mary later married, as his second wife, Edward Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough.[1][2]

He was succeeded by his eldest son, Robert. His second son Henry became an Army officer, MP and Governor of Barbados.


Worsley was knighted at Whitehall on 29 December 1664[1][2] and succeeded to the baronetcy 11 September 1666.[1][2] He was elected Member of Parliament for Newtown in November 1666, and served until his death.[1][2] He was seated at 'Apuldercombe' (or now Appuldurcombe), on the Isle of Wight,[1] where his family had come into possession of a large Tudor mansion (later replaced by the grand eighteenth century Appuldurcombe House).


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Henry Worsley, 2nd Baronet
Member of Parliament for Newtown
With: Sir John Barrington, 3rd Baronet
Succeeded by
Admiral Sir John Holmes
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Henry Worsley
(of Appuldurcombe)
Succeeded by
Robert Worsley