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Henry Compton, of Brambletye

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Compton, Warwickshire, UK
Death: circa 1649 (57-72)
Essex, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Compton, 1st Baron Compton
Husband of Cecilia Sackville and Mary Compton
Father of Ann Putnam; Richard Compton; Cecily Arundell; William Compton; Margaret Compton and 6 others
Half brother of William Compton, 1st Earl of Northampton; Sir Thomas Compton; Agnes Compton and Margaret Mordaunt

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About Sir Henry Compton

Sir Henry Compton KB (c. 1584 – c. 1649) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1601 and 1640.

Compton was the son of Henry Compton, 1st Baron Compton of Compton Wynyates, Warwickshire and his second wife Anne Spencer, daughter of Sir John Spencer of Althorp, Northamptonshire.[1] He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford on 8 June 1599. In 1601, he was elected Member of Parliament for East Grinstead. He was of Lincoln's Inn in 1602, and was knighted to the Order of the Bath in 1603. He was an associate of the bench in 1604. He [2]

Compton was re-elected MP for East Grinstead in 1604, 1614 and 1621. He was a ranger of Ashdown Forest and a J.P. for Sussx. By 1624 he was Deputy Lieutenant. He was re-elected MP for East Grinstead in 1625, 1626 and 1628, sitting until 1629, when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years. He was custos brevium, court of common pleas in about 1630.[1]

In April 1640 Compton was re-elected MP for East Grinstead in the Short Parliament.[1] He was subject to a fine in the aftermath of the English Civil War.

Compton lived at Brambletye, Sussex.[2] He died in or before July 1649, because on that date the committee for compounding ordered that the balance of his fine should be paid by the heirs to his estate.[1]

Compton married firstly Cecily Sackville, daughter of Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset and had three sons and three daughters. He married secondly Mary Browne, daughter of Sir George Browne of Battle, Sussex and had four sons and two daughters.[1]


  • Hon. Sir Henry Compton1
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  • Hon. Sir Henry Compton was the son of Sir Henry Compton, 1st Lord Compton and Anne Spencer.2 He married, firstly, Cicely Sackville, daughter of Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset and Margaret Howard.2 He married, secondly, Mary Browne, daughter of Sir George Browne.2
  • He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Bath (K.B.) on 25 July 1603.1,3 He lived at Brambletye, Sussex, England.1
  • Children of Hon. Sir Henry Compton and Cicely Sackville
    • 1.Colonel Henry Compton4 d. 13 May 1652
    • 2.Cicely Compton+1 b. c 1610, d. 24 Mar 1675/76
  • Citations
  • 1.[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 I, page 265. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S37] Volume 2, page 2927. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 3.[S48] William A. Shaw, The Knights of England: A complete record from the earliest times to the present day of the knights of all the orders chivalry in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of Knights Bachelors (London, U.K.: Heraldry Today, 1906), volume I, page 154. Hereinafter cited as Knights of England.
  • 4.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 264.
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  • Henry COMPTON
  • Born: ABT 1584, Brambletye, East Grinstead, Sussex, England
  • Died: ABT 1649
  • Notes: Educated Christ Church Oxf. 1599; L. Inn 1602. Associate bencher, L. Inn 1604; custos brevium, court of common pleas C.1630; ranger, Ashdown forest; j.p. Suss. dep. lt. by 1624. It was his connexion with the Sackville family that secured Compton his parliamentary seat at East Grinstead, though his own residence was close by. His association with the Sackvilles began in boyhood, when, in 1592, his mother made a second and disastrous marriage to Robert Sackville, second Earl of Dorset, then a widower. His own marriage naturally strengthened the connexion. Compton died in or before Jul 1649, when the committee for compounding ordered that the heirs to his estate should pay the balance of his fine. No will has been found. Have no confirmation as of yet that Henry was indeed son of Henry Compton and Cecily Sackville. History of Parliament simply states that Henry and Cecily had ?3 sons and 3 daughters. It seems highly likely however given the ties to the Sackville family between the Comptons and Bridges families.
  • Father: Henry COMPTON (1º B. Compton)
  • Mother: Anne SPENCER (B. Mounteagle/B. Compton/C. Dorset)
  • Married: Cecily SACKVILLE
  • Children:
    • 1. Henry COMPTON (d. 13 May 1652, in a duel with George Brydges)
    • 2. Mary COMPTON (m. John Lumley)
    • 3. Cicely COMPTON (B. Arundell of Wardour) (m.1 Henry Arundel, B. Arundell of Wardour - m.2 John Fermor)
    • 4. Son COMPTON
    • 5. Dau. COMPTON
    • 6. Son COMPTON
  • Married 2: Mary BROWNE
  • Children:
    • 7. Son COMPTON
    • 8. Son COMPTON
    • 9. Son COMPTON
    • 10. Son COMPTON
    • 11. Son COMPTON
    • 12. Son COMPTON
  • From: COMPTON2


  • COMPTON, Henry II (c.1584-c.1649), of Brambletye, East Grinstead, Suss.
  • b. c.1584, 3rd s. of Henry Compton I, Lord Compton of Compton Wyniates, Warws. being 1st by 2nd w. Anne, da. of Sir John Spencer† of Althorp, Northants. educ. Christ Church Oxf. 1599; L. Inn 1602. m. (1) Cecily, da. of Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset, ?3s. 3da.; (2) Mary, da. of Sir George Browne of Battle, 4s. 2da. KB 1603.
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Cicely Fermor (b. c. 1610; widow of Sir John Fermor, of Somerton, co. Oxford; d. 24 Mar 1675/6),

dau. of Hon Sir Henry Compton KB, of Brambletye, co. Sussex (by his wife Lady Cicely Sackville, 1st dau. by his first wife of Robert [Sackville], 2nd Earl of Dorset), only child of Henry [Compton], 1st Baron Compton, by his second wife Anne Stanley, widow of William [Stanley], 3rd Baron Monteagle, and 5th dau. of Sir John Spencer, of Althorp, co. Northampton


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Sir Henry Compton's Timeline

Compton, Warwickshire, UK
Age 16
Kent, England, United Kingdom
Age 20
Age 26
East Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Age 37
Age 39
Age 42
Age 46
Age 65
Essex, England, United Kingdom