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Humphrey Mackworth, MP

Birthdate: (44)
Death: December 1654 (40-48)
Place of Burial: London, UK (but subsequently disinterred)
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Mackworth, of Betton Grange and Dorothy Ottley
Husband of Anne Mackworth and Mary Mackworth
Father of Thomas Mackworth, MP; Humphrey Mackworth; Anne Mackworth; Dorothy Baldwin; Peter Mackworth, died young and 1 other
Brother of Elizabeth Dickins and Agnes Crowne

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About Col Humphrey Mackworth, MP

Humphrey Mackworth (Parliamentarian)

Humphrey Mackworth (died 1654) was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654. He supported the Parliamentary cause in the English Civil War.

Mackworth was the son of Richard Mackworth of Betton Grange, Shropshire. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and matriculated from Queens' College, Cambridge at Easter 1619. He was admitted at Gray's Inn on 24 October 1621 and became Recorder of Shrewsbury. In 1645 he was made an Ancient of his Inn. He was Vice-Chamberlain of Chester in 1647 and was sometime Parliamentary Governor of Shrewsbury. He became a Bencher of his Inn in 1650. In 1654, he was elected Member of Parliament for Shropshire in the First Protectorate Parliament.[1]

Mackworth died in 1654 and was buried in Westminster Abbey, as 'Colonel,' on 26 December 1654. After the Restoration his body was disinterred and buried in St Margaret's.

Mackworth was probably the father of Thomas Mackworth.



  • Humphrey Mackworth1
  • M, #505295, d. circa 23 December 1654
  • Last Edited=29 Jul 2014
  • Humphrey Mackworth was the son of Richard Mackworth and Dorothy Cranage.2 He married, firstly, Anne Waller, daughter of Thomas Waller, circa 28 May 1624.1 He married, secondly, Mary Venables, daughter of Thomas Venables, circa 12 July 1638.1 He died circa 23 December 1654.1 He was buried on 26 December 1654.1
  • He lived at Betton Grange, Meole Brace, Shropshire, England.1 He gained the rank of Colone in May 1646 in the service of the Parliamentary army at the taking of Ludlow Castle.1 He held the office of Governor of Shrewsbury in June 1646.1 He was member of Cromwell's council.1 He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Shropshire, in Cromwell's second Parliament.1
  • Children of Humphrey Mackworth and Mary Venables
    • 1.Peter Mackworth2
    • 2.Mary Mackworth2 d. 22 Oct 1663
  • Children of Humphrey Mackworth and Anne Waller
    • 1.Anne Mackworth+2
    • 2.Humphrey Mackworth2
    • 3.Dorothy Mackworth2
    • 4.Thomas Mackworth+2 b. c 1628, d. 24 Aug 1663
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2515. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 2.[S37] BP2003. [S37]
  • From:


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 35
  • Mackworth, Humphry by William Prideaux Courtney
  • MACKWORTH, Sir HUMPHRY (1657–1727), politician and capitalist, second son of Thomas Mackworth of Betton Orange, Shropshire, who married Anne, daughter and heiress of Richard Bulkeley of Buntingsdale in the same county, was born in January 1657. Thomas Mackworth was eldest son of Humphry, by Anne, daughter of Thomas Waller of Beaconsfield, and kinswoman of Edmund Waller the poet. The elder Humphry was a colonel in the parliamentary army, was at the taking of Ludlow Castle, upon which he wrote to the House of Commons on 20 May 1646, and was appointed to be governor of Shrewsbury on 2 June following. On 12 Feb. 1649-50 he was added to the committee for the assessments for the army in Shropshire; and in October 1651 he transmitted to the House of Commons an account of the proceedings of the court-martial held at Chester on the Earl of Derby, Sir Timothy Fetherstonhaugh, and John Benbowe, from which it appears probable that he presided on the occasion (Commons' Journals, iv. 561). He was one of Cromwell's council, and sat for Shropshire in Cromwell's second parliament. He died in December 1654, and was buried on the 26th of the month in Henry VII's Chapel in Westminster Abbey; his remains were on 12 Sept. 1660 removed and thrown into a pit in St. Margaret's churchyard (Blore, History of Rutland, p. 129 ; Lipscomb, Buckinghamshire, iv. 378). .... etc.
  • From:,_Humphry_(DNB00)


  • MACKWORTH, Sir Humphrey (1657-1727), of Gnoll Castle, Neath, Glam.
  • b. Jan. 1657, 2nd s. of Thomas Mackworth† of Betton Grange, Salop by Anne, da. and h. of Richard Bulkeley of Buntingsdale, Salop. educ. Magdalen Coll. Oxf. 1674; M. Temple 1675, called 1682; L. Inn 1698. m. 1686, Mary (d. by 1696), da. and h. of Sir Herbert Evans of Gnoll Castle, 3s. 2da. Kntd. 15 Jan. 1683.1
  • Mackworth was a collection of apparent paradoxes: a Country Tory industrialist and financial ‘projector’; a godly-minded High Churchman; and a publicly pious and philanthropic swindler for whom not one among his contemporaries could find a kind word. His background was staunchly Parliamentarian. In the late 1640s and 1650s the Mackworths had been the pillars of the ‘Good Old Cause’ in Shropshire. His grandfather and namesake (d. 1654), a Republican, had served as governor of Shrewsbury, as member of the Council of State and as knight of the shire in the first Protectorate Parliament. After the Restoration his remains had been disinterred from Westminster Abbey and thrown into a common pit in the churchyard. .... etc.
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  • Humphrey Mackworth
  • Birth: 1610
  • Death: 1654
  • Colonel and a member of Cromwell's Council, and Governor of Shrewsbury during the Civil Wars.
  • Burial: Westminster Abbey *, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
  • *Former burial location
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 12186
  • From:


Governor of Shrewsbury



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Age 18
December 26, 1654
Age 44
London, UK (but subsequently disinterred)
December 1654
Age 44