Francis Baildon, Kt., MP (c.1560 - 1622) MP

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Nicknames: "Francis Belden"
Birthplace: Kippax Parish, Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Monk Frystone, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
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About Francis Baildon, Kt., MP

Family and Education

  • b. c.1560, ?2nd son of George Baildon (d.1588) of Methley, Yorkshire and Anne, daughter of Thomas Falkingham of Barton-le-Willows, Lincolnshire, widow of James Standish of Killingholme, Lincolnshire
  • m. (1) by 1582, Frances (buried 21 May 1587), daughter and coheir of Henry Johnson of Walton Head, Kirkby Overblow, Yorkshire, 1 son, 3 daughters, d.v.p.;
  • m. (2) by 1589, Margaret (buried 22 Sept. 1598), daughter of Richard Gooderick† of Ribston, Yorkshire 6 sons (3 d.v.p.) 2 daughters;
  • m. (3) Isabel (buried 9 Mar. 1601), daughter of Sir Philip Tyrwhitt, 1st baronet of Stainfield, Lincolnshire, widow of Robert Haldenby of Haldenby, Yorks., s.p.;
  • m. (4) 2 May 1604 Anne (d.1630/1), daughter of John Jennyngs of Dennington, Suffolk, widow of Francis Colby alias Wentworth of Leiston, Suffolk, s.p.
  • Knighted 23 July 1603.
  • d. 24 June 1622.[1]
  • sig. Fra[ncis] Bayldon.

Offices Held

  • Constable, Kippax 1588-9;
  • bailiff, Cowick and Snaith manors, Yorkshire 1595-at least 1609;[2]
  • Commissioner of sewers, Yorkshire (West Riding) 1603-11, Suffolk 1609,[3]
  • Commissioner of swans, Yorkshire 1605-d.;[4]
  • Justice of the Peace for Suffolk by 1608-at least 1614,[5] West Riding 1615-d.;[6]
  • Commissioner for piracy, Suffolk 1612;[7]
  • Treasury, maimed soldiers, West Riding 1619-20.[8]


Baildon came from an obscure branch of a Yorkshire gentry family. His first wife brought him a small property in Kirkby Overblow, in the West Riding, which had been saved by a family settlement when her father was attainted for his part in the Northern rebellion of 1570. He also owned land in the Crown manor of Kippax, in the same Riding, which he improved by mining coal. His annual income was only £150, but his fourth marriage in 1604 brought him a Suffolk estate of £500 p.a. By 1607 he was living at Blythburgh in east Suffolk, by which date or shortly after, he was appointed to the Suffolk bench. He had moved to Huntingfield, about eight miles away, by 1611 when he was assessed at £10 for the Privy Seal loan.[9]

Baildon almost certainly owed his election at Orford in 1614 to his friend Sir Michael Stanhope*, the dominant electoral patron in the borough. Stanhope nominated Baildon to help arbitrate in a land dispute, and, when in London, Baildon usually lodged in Stanhope’s town house in Clerkenwell.[10] Baildon left no trace on the records of the Addled Parliament and was the only member of his family to sit in the Commons.

Baildon probably moved back to the West Riding soon after the dissolution as he was added to the local bench in April 1615 and described himself as of Methley, a parish seven miles south of Leeds, when he drew up his will that November. However, he was still being described as of Huntingfield as late as 1617, when he was outlawed for debt. His outlawry almost certainly related to his role as surety for his third wife’s brother, Sir Edward Tyrwhitt*, as it was subsequently stated that he was too afraid to ‘walk abroad ... for fear to be arrested’ by Tyrwhitt’s creditors. He died at Monk Fryston in the West Riding on 24 June 1622, leaving as his heir his grandson by his first marriage, who alienated the Kippax property to Sir William Slingsby*. The children of his second marriage were puritans; one (indicted for highway robbery in his youth) emigrated to Connecticut in 1635, and two others became officers in the parliamentary army in 1642.[11]

Ref Volumes: 1604-1629

Author: John. P. Ferris


  • 1. W.P. Baildon, Baildon and the Baildons, iii. 1, 3-4, 8, 17, 32-5; Clay, Dugdale’s Vis. Yorks. iii. 434; Vis. Suff. ed. Metcalfe, 46; PROB 11/94, f. 369; Shaw, Knights of Eng. ii. 116.
  • 2. Baildon, iii. 19, 23, 27
  • 3. C181/1, f. 58; 181/2, ff. 94v, 145v.
  • 4. C181/1, f. 106; 181/3, f. 48v
  • 5. SP14/33, f. 58; C66/1988.
  • 6. C231/4, f. 1; C193/13/1.
  • 7. C181/2, f. 174v.
  • 8. Baildon, iii. 31.
  • 9. Ibid. 1, 10-15, 19, 26, 46-7; J.J. M[uskett], ‘Suff. directory’, East Anglian, n.s. viii. 293.
  • 10. Bodl. Tanner 283, f. 83v; Baildon, iii. 31.
  • 11. PROB 11/140, f. 433; Baildon, iii. 31, 43, 46-7, 51, 58, 63


Sir Francis Baildon, son of George, was born in 1560. He was reeve of Kippax, 1588, and was knighted at the coronation of James I. He was married four times. By his first wife Frances, daughter of Henry Johnson of Leathly, who was buried at Kippax May 21, 1587, he had a son Francis and three daughters. By his second wife, Margaret, daughter of Richard Goodrick, of Ripston, who was buried September 22, 1589, he had William, baptized January 4, 1589, who died before his father; Richard, mentioned below, and six younger children [Cuthbert, Martin, Henry, Thomas, Muriell, and Clare born between 1592 and 1597]. By his third wife Isabel, daughter of Sir Philip Tyrwhit, who was buried March 9, 1610, and by his fourth wife, Anna Coleby, who survived him, he had no children. Sir Francis died in 1623.

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Sir Francis Baildon, Kt., MP's Timeline

Kippax Parish, Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Age 18
Probably Leathby, Yorkshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 24
Probably Ribston Manor, Yorkshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 25
Age 25
Probably Kippax Parish, Yorkshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 26
Age 27
January 4, 1589
Age 29
Kippax, Yorkshire, England
May 26, 1591
Age 31
Leeds, Yorkshire, England
February 26, 1592
Age 32
Kippax, Yorkshire, England