PARKER, Henry (by 1509-51), of Berden, Essex.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1509. m. by Mar. 1537, Mary., s.p.1

Offices Held

Servant of Sir Francis Bryan by 1530; member of the Household by 1537; groom of chamber by 1545.2


There were at least four men of this name in Henry VIII’s household, but the identity of the Member for Bedford seems clear. Henry Parker ‘of the Household’ and his wife Mary received a lease of Berden priory in March 1537 and two years later a crown grant of the property in tail male with appurtenances elsewhere, including some in Clavering near Saffron Walden. In October 1550 William Smith of Woburn, Bedfordshire alienated his interest in Clavering rectory to Parker. The will of Henry Parker of Berden, made on 7 Aug. 1551, identifies Smith as his uncle and the Woburn connexion further points to Parker as the servant of Sir Francis Bryan. When Bryan was ambassador in France (1530-1) his servant carried letters between the English and French courts. An augmentations grant of 1544-5 to Parker, as groom of the ch