Sir Henry BAYNTUN
Born: 1552, Bromham Hall, Wiltshire, England
Father: Edward BAYNTUN (Sir) (See his Biography)
Mother: Agnes AP RHYS
Married: Lucy DANVERS (dau. of Sir John Danvers of Dauntsey and Elizabeth Neville)
1. Edward BAYNTUN (Sir) (5 Sep 1593 - 18 Dec 1657)
2. Charles BAYNTUN (b. 1594)
3. Elizabeth BAYNTUN (b. 1596 - d. 1648)
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Born in 1572 at Bromham House in the county of Wiltshire and was 21 years old when his father, Sir Edward Bayntun, died and subsequently inherited the Manor of Bromham. He was M.P. for Devizes Borough in 1592 and again in 1603, M.P. For Wiltshire County in 1597 and High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1600. On 14 Sep 1601 he was awarded the title Knight Bachelor.
He was married to Lucy Danvers, the daughter of Sir John Danvers, of Bromham, Wiltshire and sister of Sir Charles Danvers and Henry Danvers, Earl of Danby. They had three children, Edward, Charles and Elizabeth.
In 1606 Sir Henry and his servants appeared in the Star Chamber accused of taking deer and timber, removing boundaries and illegally enclosing a park in Pewsham and Blackmore Forests. They were prosecuted for this offence.
The Court Book of the Bayntuns for various manors, including Bromham, for the years 1565 to 1612 is in the British Museum.
He was founder of the Hospital in 1614 and in Mar 1616 King James granted Sir Henry his reversion to the entailed manors, etc. of Bromham and parcel of the lands of Battle Abbey, Sussex.
The family owned many manors at this time, including that of Bremhill, Wiltshire. A survey of the Bromham and Bremhill manors, taken for Sir Henry and dated 1611, shows a large manor house at Bremhill. At times the family chose to live there and some of the children were baptised at St. Martin's Church, Bremhill, Wiltshire.
The Wiltshire property alone brought in more than £2,000 p.a. in rents and Henry's income after succeeding to the estate was reckoned to be double that figure.
A stone set in the aisle floor (under the table) in the Beauchamp Chapel, in the Church of St. Nicholas, Bromham was taken from the Almshouses just prior to their demolition in 1964. These six little cottages were built by Sir Henry in the village of Bromham in 1612 for the poor people of the town.
There is no other monument to Sir Henry other than this stone in the chapel.
His wife Lucy survived him and died in the parish of St. Martin, in the Fields, in 1621 at Northumberland House, near Charing Cross, London. She was brought to Westminster Abbey, London on the same day. At the time of its foundation, the Church of St. Martin was "in the Fields" (the countryside) with very few buildings around it, and the name has stuck to this day. It is the City of Westminster, opposite Trafalgar Square.
The burial register at the Abbey indicate she was buried there on the 14 Jun 1621 at the entrance to St. John The Baptist Chapel (off the north ambulatory). Her grave is not marked (which is not unusual as many burials of the nobility were not even accorded stones or the family did not pay for a monument). Obviously she was of the right status to be allowed Abbey burial, but why the family decided she should be buried there is not known. Her will, dated 23 Nov 1620 was proved by her brother, Sir John Danvers, and her son, Sir Edward Bayntun.
Sir Henry Bayntun's memorial stone reads:
I was hungry and yee gave mee meate,
I was thirstie and yee gave mee drinke,
I was naked and yee clothed mee,
I was harbarles and yee gave mee lodginge.
Come yee blessed of my Father,
Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you.
Mat 25 Anno Chri 1612 et anno.
Sir Henry Bayntun died in 1616 and was succeeded by his eldest son and heir Edward Bayntun.
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