Sir Walter Blount, 1st Baronet
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.
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. 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.
Marriage & progeny
- Sir George Blount, 2nd Baronet (died 1667), eldest son and heir, who married Mary Kirkham, only daughter and heiress of Richard Kirkham of Blagdon in the parish of Paignton in Devon, by his wife the heiress of Oldham near Tilbury in Essex. Blagdon remained a seat of the Blount family until it was sold to Montagu Edmund Parker (1737–1831) of Whiteway House, near Chudleigh in Devon, Sheriff of Devon in 1789. A plasterwork heraldic escutcheon dated 1708 survives in the great hall of Blagdon showing the initials "EB" for Edward Blount (d. 1726) (3rd son of 2nd Bt.) the Latin motto Lux Tua Via Mea ("Your light is my path") and the arms of Blount (Barry nebuly of six or and sable) impaling Gules, seven mascles vair 3,3,1 (Guise). Edward Blount (d. 1726) married Anne Guise, a daughter of Sir John Guise, 2nd Baronet. In 1727 his 2nd daughter Mary Blount (1701/2 – 1773) married Edward Howard, 9th Duke of Norfolk.
- Eleanor Blount, who married firstly Robert Knightley, and secondly Walter Aston, 3rd Lord Aston of Forfar.
Death & burial
- George Edward Cokayne Complete Baronetage 1625 to 1649
- W R WIlliams Parliamentary History of the County of Worcester
- spelling as in Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition. 1999
- Prince, John, (1643–1723) The Worthies of Devon, 1810 edition, London, p. 555, biography of Sir John Kirkham (1472–1529)
- Risdon, Tristram (d. 1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, p. 378
- Pevsner, Nikolaus & Cherry, Bridget, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004, p. 844
- Debrett, John, Baronetage of England "Blount of Sodington"
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