Sir Walter Blount, 1st Baronet

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Sir Walter Blount, 1st Baronet (1594 – 27 August 1654) of Sodington in the parish of Mamble in Worcestershire, was a Member of Parliament for Droitwich in 1624 and supported the Royalist cause in the Civil War.

Origins[edit]

Blount was the eldest son of Sir George Blount, Knight, of Sodington in Worcestershire by his wife Eleanor Norwood, a daughter of William Norwood of Leckhampton in Gloucestershire.[1]

Career[edit]

He matriculated at Balliol College, Oxford on 12 October 1610 aged 16 and entered the Inner Temple in 1611. He served as Sheriff of Worcestershire in 1620. In 1624 he was elected Member of Parliament for Droitwich.[2] He was created a baronet on 5 October 1642. He was a Royalist during the Civil War and was taken prisoner by the Parliamentarian forces at Hereford in December 1645, and was imprisoned at Oxford and in the Tower of London. His house at Sodington was burnt down by Parliamentarian soldiers and his estates were confiscated on 2 November 1652 and sold in 1655.[1]

Marriage & progeny[edit]

Blount married Elizabeth Wylde (c. 1591–1656), a daughter of George Wylde of Droitwich, Serjeant-at-Law, by his wife Frances Huddleston,[1][3] by whom he had 13 children, including:

Death & burial[edit]

Blount died aged 60 at Blagdon in the parish of Paignton in Devon, the home of his daughter-in-law Mary Kirkham, and was buried at Paignton on 29 August 1654.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d George Edward Cokayne Complete Baronetage 1625 to 1649
  2. ^ W R WIlliams Parliamentary History of the County of Worcester
  3. ^ spelling as in Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition. 1999
  4. ^ Prince, John, (1643–1723) The Worthies of Devon, 1810 edition, London, p. 555, biography of Sir John Kirkham (1472–1529)
  5. ^ Risdon, Tristram (d. 1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, p. 378
  6. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus & Cherry, Bridget, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004, p. 844
  7. ^ Debrett, John, Baronetage of England "Blount of Sodington"
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Coventry
John Wilde
Member of Parliament for Droitwich
1624
With: John Wilde
Succeeded by
Thomas Coventry
John Wilde