Sir Herbert Whitfield

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Sir Herbert Whitfield

Death: 1677 (59-60)
Place of Burial: London, London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Ralph Whitfield, MP and Dorothy Whitfield
Husband of Margaret Whitfield
Father of Herbert Whitfield; Thomasine Whitfield; Arabella Whitfield; Dorothy Whitfield and Henrietta Whitfield
Brother of Henry Whitfield; Ralph Whitfield; Roger Whitfield and Dorothy Fotherley

Managed by: Woodman Mark Lowes Dickinson, OBE
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About Sir Herbert Whitfield

Sir Herbert Whitfield (1617–1677) was an English lawyer and landowner, whose pedigree and arms were recorded in both the 1619 Visitation of Kent and the 1623 Visitation of Surrey.

Early life

The eldest son and heir of Sir Ralph Whitfield, lawyer and landowner, and his wife Dorothy, daughter of the antiquary Sir John Spelman, he had a sister Dorothy and three younger brothers: Henry, Ralph and Roger.

He first embarked on legal training at Gray's Inn, where he was admitted on 2 March 1632, and then went on to university, being admitted to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1635. Following his father as a successful lawyer in London, he was knighted on 18 June 1641 at Whitehall Palace. In 1645, jointly with his mother, he became heir to his father's lands and considerable other assets.

In 1648 a legacy of his father's work in Ireland resurfaced when the Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors attempted to obtain evidences of their landholdings in County Londonderry. The original papers, they ascertained, were in the hands of Sir Ralph's three executors, who were his widow Dorothy, Sir Thomas Fotherley, the father of his son-in-law John Fotherley, and Herbert his eldest son.

After 1660, he sold his father's manor of Burmarsh in Kent but on 18 May 1675 was party to a deal over marshland at Barking in Essex.

He was buried on 16 September 1677 in the church of St Botolph's, Aldersgate, London. After his death the family's original estate at Tenterden, that his great-grandfather had acquired, was sold.


About 1648 he married Margaret Peirson, daughter of Richard Peirson, owner of a prosperous business in the City of London as a woollen draper and a member of the premier livery company, the Merchant Taylors. Her mother was Elizabeth Criche, daughter of another Merchant Taylors member, Edmund Criche. She was born in 1622 and died after 1664. Her unmarried brother Richard Peirson became a lawyer and landowner. They had seven children, including:

Herbert (born 1650)

Thomasine (born 1652)

Dorothy (born 1659)

Arabella (born about 1655), the only one known to have married and had children, who married her first cousin Ralph Whitfield (about 1651–1694).

Henrietta (born 1659)

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