About Bridges Nanfan, MP
Bridges Nanfan was born circa 1622.1 He married Catharine Hastings, daughter of Sir George Hastings and Seymour Prynne, on 15 November 1660 at St. Dionis Backchurch, London, England.2 He died on 4 June 1704.1 Bridges Nanfan lived at Birtsmorton, Worcestershire, England.1
Child of Bridges Nanfan and Catharine Hastings
- Catherine Nanfan+1 b. 9 Feb 1665, d. 12 Mar 1737/38
- [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 107. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
- [S3470] Marian Hastings, "re: Hastings Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 31 Deember 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Hastings Family."
ConstituencyDatesWORCESTERSHIRE1681WORCESTER1685Family and Education bap. 25 Mar. 1623, 1st s. of John Nanfan of Birtsmorton by Mary, da. of Edward Fleet alias Waldegrave of Worcester. educ. Balliol, Oxf. 1640, I. Temple 1647. m. 15 Nov. 1660, Catherine (d. 8 Dec. 1702), da. and coh. of Sir George Hastings of Smithfield, London, 1da. suc. fa. 1677.1
Commr. for assessment, Worcs. 1664-80, 1689, j.p. 1678-d., dep. lt. 1690-bef. 1701.2
Biography Nanfan was descended from an illegitimate son of Sir Richard Nanfan (d.1507), to whom the family estate of Birtsmorton was bequeathed. His father, though nominated to the commission of array, did not act, but Nanfan compounded in 1651 for his delinquency in the first Civil War, and paid a fine of £80 on his small estate. His father held local office throughout the Interregnum; he represented the county in the second Protectorate Parliament, the first of the family to sit, and was narrowly defeated at Worcester in 1661; but apart from a visit to France in 1658, nothing further is known of Nanfan himself until the exclusion crisis. He was returned unopposed for the county in 1681 on the nomination of Thomas Foley II; but he can hardly have been a rabid exclusionist since he remained on the commission of the peace, and was elected for Worcester with court support in 1685. He left no trace on the records of either Parliament. In 1688 the King’s electoral agents recommended him for re-election as a court candidate of ‘good character and interest’. When his son-in-law Lord Coloony (Richard Coote) joined the Prince of Orange, Nanfan disclaimed responsibility, alleging that his daughter’s marriage had been made without his consent. He is not known to have stood after the Revolution and died on 4 June 1704. He was buried at Birtsmorton, the last of his family to sit in Parliament.3
Ref Volumes: 1660-1690 Authors: Edward Rowlands / Geoffrey Jaggar Notes 1. Trans. Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. x. 220; St. Dionis Backchurch (Harl. Soc. Reg. iii), 36. 2. CSP Dom. 1690-1, p. 165. 3. Trans. Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. x. 218-20; VCH Worcs. iv. 31; Townshend’s Diary (Worcs. Rec. Soc.), i. 33, 70; ii. 70, 78, 85; HMC 5th Rep. 299-300; Cal. Comm. Comp. 2785; CSP Dom. 1657-8, p. 553; 1685, p. 23; Bagford Ballads ed. Ebsworth, ii. 1000; Prot. Intell. 28 Feb. 1681; HMC Hastings, ii. 184.
Bridges Nanfan, MP's Timeline
November 15, 1660
St. Dionis Backchurch, London, Middlesex, England
February 9, 1665
June 4, 1704
Birtsmorton, Worcestershire, England